A fire swept through "Baw Du Pha 2" Muslim IDP camp in rural Sittwe in Rakhine State today just after 9:00am. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the authorities. Initial reports indicate that it is likely it was an accident resulting from a cooking fire.
The exact number of affected long houses is unconfirmed but first reports indicate that 44 were destroyed and between 5 and 9 badly damaged. An estimated 440 households (about 2,000 individuals) were affected, but exact numbers are unconfirmed. The total number of long houses in this camp before the fire was 156.
Based on the current information available, at least 14 people were injured by the fire. There are unconfirmed reports of fatalities but this has not been verified. Local and humanitarian organisations are supporting the authorities in responding to immediate needs in medical aid and shelter, and in the coming days in assessing and responding to humanitarian needs such as food, water and sanitation, and other basic necessities. (source: State Authorities, MRCS, UN, INGOs)
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