On 2 January 2022 at 7 pm a fire broke out at Corona Hospital in Balukhali Rohingya Camp, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), where 60 beds and furniture of six rooms in the hospital have been burnt to ashes. However, no casualties were reported as 16 patients were shifted to other hospitals.
The fire was brought under control at around 8 pm. The fire started from the generator of the hospital according to a Ukhiya Fire Serviceman.
Ukhiya Fire Service and Deputy Director of Civil Defense, Emdadul Haque said, “The fire came under control at around 8 pm. No one was injured. The evacuation of the patients from the hospital did not cause any major damage.”
Zahid Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Fire Service and Civil Defense Station, said the fire was brought under control after an hour-long effort. However, most of the hospital beds have been burnt. Initially, the extent of the damage caused by the fire could not be ascertained.
Armed Police Battalion-14 Commander Naimul Haque said, “60 hospital beds were burnt in the fire. In addition, the furniture of six rooms of the hospital was burnt. Sixteen patients have been evacuated.”
Earlier, on March 22 last year, 15 Rohingyas were killed in a fire in Balukhali, Ukhiya. During that accident, about 10 thousand houses were scorched.