330 Rohingya shelters damaged by cyclone Amphan

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published at 12:50am on May 22, 2020

Some 300 shelters of Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar were damaged by severe cyclonic storm Amphan on Wednesday night, according to a primary assessment of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh.

There were no reports of casualties or deaths.

‘Preliminary reports indicate that damage is fairly minimal with some 300 shelters sustaining damage, some 60 of which are fully destroyed,’ the UNRC’s office said in a release on Thursday.

UNHCR representative in Bangladesh Steven Corliss said in a tweet high winds and heavy rains damaged fragile homes, caused flooding and uprooted Rohingya refugees who were sheltering tonight with family and neighbours in the camps. There were also reports of small landsides, damage to stairs, latrines and bridges and blockade of drains in the camps.

Humanitarian partners were assessing the damage for extending support to the victims.

Bangladesh has been hosting more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in tourism district Cox’s Bazar for years.