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12:03 am - Monday February 19, 2018

More than 1 lakh Rohingya refugees in grave danger from monsoon rains: UN report

Dhaka,

More than one lakh Rohingya refugees huddled in squalid, muddy camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN humanitarian report said.

There are now more than 9 lakh Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, after 6 lakh eighty eight thousand fled violence in Myanmar that flared up in late August. Aid workers say the camps sheltering the new arrivals are completely inadequate.

“Landslide and flood risk hazard mapping reveal that at least one lakh people are in grave danger from these risks and require relocation to new areas or within the neighbourhoods that they live in,” the UN report said.

The World Health Organization has vaccinated over 5 lakh Rohingyas against Diphtheria and on Saturday health workers began giving 3 lakh fifty thousand children a second dose. The WHO also has 2,500 doses of anti-toxin, which is in short supply globally, to treat the deadly effects of the disease.Most of the Rohingya refugees – almost 585,000 – are in an overcrowded area called Kutupalong-Balukhali.

“A high percentage of the land is unsuitable for human settlement as risks of flooding and landslides are high and are further aggravated by the congestion and extensive terracing of the hills,” the UN report said.

The anticipated flooding and landslides in the upcoming monsoon season will make a bad situation much worse it the report said.

A recent engineering assessment said all roads in the camp would be inaccessible for trucks, and the World Food Programme is considering using porters to distribute food, January 24 meeting of aid agencies involved in logistics said.

The Bangladeshi government allocated 2,000 acres (809 hectares) for a new camp in Ukhia, prompting an influx of people before anything was ready.

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