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Event: FR Fire
Number: 2023-000031
Country: BGD Bangladesh
Location: Cox's Bazar
Date (YMD): 2023-3-5
Time: 3 PM
Duration: 1
Information Source:Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS)
Comments: A massive fire broke out in Rohingya refugee camps of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on the afternoon on March 05, 2023. Based on initial report, at around 3:00 PM, the fire ignited from block D of camp 11 and it immediately spread across 15 sub-blocks (A1-A5, B1-B4, D1-D6) in camp11, leaving over more than 2,000 infrastructures including shelters, community centers, water network, learning centers and health facilities either fully or partly affected. The current season as well as wind intensity and direction have been one of the factors as to why the fire had spread rapidly and engulfed its surrounding areas. The Government of Bangladesh immediately mobilized its Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) units from Ukhiya and Cox's Bazar to suppress the fire, while the CPP trained Disaster Management Unit (DMU) volunteers in camp 11 and from its adjacent camps also supported in managing the fire as well assisting the relocation of affected individuals to temporary safe spaces As of 6 March 2023, based on the initial report from the ongoing Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) led by the Site Management Agency, more than 3,000 households and 15,926 individuals have been affected. Among these, more than 5,000 individuals have been displaced, while 200 persons injured and 22 missing. Additionally, a total of 2,805 shelters have been damaged (2,664 fully damaged; 141 partially damaged), 992 WASH facilities damaged (980 fully damaged; 12 partially), while 155 critical facilities such as learning centers, moktubs/mosques, child/ youth/adolescent/ women friendly spaces, and health facilities have been affected. Included in the damaged facilities reported are one (1) Primary Health Center and Three (3) Water supply Networks of BDRCS.
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