As The Floods Rise, So Must Our Efforts
Days of torrential rain at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have caused multiple deaths and injuries amongst the Rohingya refugee population due to flash flooding and landslides. The impact of the monsoon rains has damaged or destroyed at least 2,700 homes, and left over 12,000 people without secure, dry, accommodation and food.
The rains are forecast to continue which will only add to the existing levels of damage and displacement. To minimise the impact of the monsoon, our local teams will be focusing on meeting people’s critical needs. This will start with the provision of combined food packs, and key NFI (non-food item) kits.
Covid-19 and social-distancing measures made mass evacuation more difficult. Currently, HRF is doing as much as it can to support the local Rohingya population who usually live in shacks made of bamboo and plastic-sheets that cling to steep, bare hills, and flooding has further worsened their living conditions.