Thirty-four wooden houses were burned down when an accidental fire ravaged a Rohingya refugee camp in Pauktaw township, Arakan State, on Thursday. No one was reported injured.
According to Arakan state government spokesman Win Myaing, a cooking incident led to the blaze which took three hours to extinguish and affected some 280 families.
“There are 84 rows of terraced housing in the camps, of which 34 have now been completely gutted,” he said, adding that there were no casualties and that state officials are at the scene coordinated a relief effort.
Pauktaw refugee camp is home to displaced people from five Rohingya villages who fled inter-communal conflict in Arakan state last year. The villagers are currently not allowed to leave the camp.