Monsoon rain hits Rohingya camps

Couple injured, 1,000 shelters damaged in landslide

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 23:25, Jun 11,2018 | Updated: 01:36, Jun 11,2018

 
 

Rohingya refugees. - New Age file photo

An elderly Rohingya couple were injured and over 6,000 Rohingyas were displaced in landslide amidst heavy rain at Rohingya camps at Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.
Met Office said that heavy rain might continue in the Rohingya camp area, which officials working at the camps feared as a massive danger to the Rohingya camps, mostly located at hillside or hill slopes.
The injured – Jahir Uddin, 70, and his wife Taiyba Khaton, 62, – were given treatment at camp clinic after they had been rescued from their damaged shelter at about 11:30am, officials said.
Additional refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner in Cox’s Bazar Md Shamsudduza told New Age that about 6,000-7,000
Rohingyas were affected in the landslide that damaged about 1,000 shelters.
‘Many Rohingyas are relocated to local schools, madrassahs and nearby shelters as their sheds collapsed during the incessant rain in the area,’ he said.
Shamsudduza said that the rain caused the landslide damaging the shelters were located mostly on the hillside or hill slopes.
Meteorologist Mohammad Mojibul Hoque in Cox’s Bazar Met Office said that 138mm rainfall was recorded in Cox’s Bazar in 21 hours till Sunday noon.
‘The rain with gusty wind might continue due to a low over the Bay of Bengal,’ he said, adding that cautionary signal 3 was in place at Cox’s Bazar seaport.
Rohingya leaders in the camps expressed fear that rain could put their life in danger.
‘The refugee camps are already flooded by rain water and mudslide continues intensifying the miseries,’ said Mohibullha of Chakmarkool camp.
Most of the camps at Kutupalong, Balukhali, Unichiprang and Chakmarkool are vulnerable to landslide, he said.
Shamsudduza said that they were taking measure to relocate the refugees to nearby safe place.
The incessant rain was disrupting the relocation, he said. 

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