In the aftermath of the fire at the camp where Arakan refugees live in Bangladesh, Turkey offered it’s helping hand to the area again. As a part of the activities carried out by the Ministry of Interior Affairs under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkey has sent a heavy climate-type field hospital, along with a setup team of 10 people to replace the burnt down Turkish hospital. A military cargo plane that carried 22 personnel from AFAD, TOKİ and the Ministry of Health took off from the Etimesgut Military Airport on March 27 at 2 am.
Arakan Muslims who were forced to migrate to Bangladesh in the aftermath of the attacks against them in Myanmar have been living in the camp area in Cox’s Bazaar city for years. The fire that began on March 22 at Camp 8W destroyed more than 10,000 tents and at least 15 died during the fire and 400 went missing. 550 of the bamboo houses that were built by AFAD were damaged during the disaster.
Turkish and local personnel working in the burnt down Turkish Field Hospital which was jointly founded by the AFAD and the Ministry of Health were not harmed as they were evacuated. However, major section of the local hospital building was heavyly damaged.
Under the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan AFAD, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization started a humanitarian aid operation for the quick reopening of the hospital.