A night inferno that reportedly started from a hut in Sanischare camp when the hut owner was performing Laxmi Puja on Tuesday night at 10:15 p.m. has displaced 110 individuals.
Sub-Inspector of camp-based Armed Police Force (APF), Rit Bahadur Basnet, confirmed that those displaced by fire included refugees from various 40 huts of Sector D1, D2 and D3.
Of this, 21 huts including two rooms of New Horizon Academy were damaged by fire while additional 19 huts were dismantled while containing the mishap, informed Camp Secretary Champa Singh Rai.
The hut from which the fire was reported to break out first belonged to Dhan Maya, said the camp authority.
It took almost an hour for a fire extinguisher to contain fire, the joint battle operated by APF personnel, camp residents and locals, according to Sub-Inspector Basnet.
The displaced are taking shelter at the camp school and community child care center. Caritas Nepal and Bhutanese Refugee Women Forum (BRWF) supplied today’s breakfast to the displaced victims.
Assistant Chief District Officer of Jhapa, Yogendra Dulal, and UNHCR Damak Chief Sajal Gupta also visited the site this morning, assuring victims of prompt relief packages.
Talking to BNS correspondent, Assistant CDO Dulal told that displaced people would be temporarily housed in Sanischare before issuing their permanent huts, either in the same camp or Beldangi-II.
Officials from World Food Programme and Lutheran World Federation also visited the camp for releasing ration and construction materials respectively, added Camp Secretary Rai.
Most of the victims the BNS correspondent talked to lamented that the inferno not only destroyed their personal belongings and documents but also significant cash amounts sent to them for celebrating festival by their resettled friends and relatives.