Web Desk(June 12, 2018): Two days of heavy monsoon rains have caused severe structural damage to camps in Bangladesh hosting one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Monday.
So far, more than 9,000 have been affected and the number is expected to rise as the rains continue.
Meanwhile, more than 30,000 camp residents are still living in areas considered to be at high risk of deadly flooding and landslides.“The situation in the camps is growing more desperate with every drop of rain that falls,” said Manuel Pereira, IOM’s Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar, the district in south-east Bangladesh where the refugees have settled.
“You have close to one million people living on hilly, muddy terrain with no trees or shrubs left to hold the ground in place. People and their makeshift shelters are being washed away in the rains.”
The rains began on Saturday and within 24 hours of incidents including landslides, water logging, extreme wind and lightning strikes were recorded.