DHAKA – Rain-triggered landslides and flooding have displaced some 14,800 Rohingyas from over 4,500 refugee shelters in the southeast of Bangladesh, aid agencies said on Wednesday.
An estimated 16,190 individuals from 4,842 households have been affected by the flooding in the refugee camp while rain and landslides completely destructed 66 shelters and partially damaged 427 shelters, according to the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG).
Louise Donovan, a spokesperson of UN refugee agency UNHCR, which is part of the ISCG, told EFE that there were no reports of serious injury or any causality among the affected refugees.
“We are gathering information on very regular basis all the time as rain continued,” she said.
Donovan said it was still raining in the area. “Yesterday (Tuesday) it was probably (the) worst. We had the highest rainfall level recorded this year in Teknaf area of Cox’s Bazar that affected the refuges and the host community very serious.”
She said the emergency response was under way and volunteers had been mobilized to help the affected people.
Kamal Hossain, the deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, said three Bangladeshi people have died in landslides in the district since Tuesday, two of them in Teknaf area, which is home to a large number Rohingya refugees.
The disaster also injured 12 Bangladeshis in the last two days, he said.
Manuel Pereira, the deputy head of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangladesh, said in a statement that the rain and wind were endangering lives and causing hardships on the ground.
“Our teams are working around the clock to provide emergency services, repairs and re-locations,” Pereira said.
The ISCG on Tuesday said that approximately 4,000 households were displaced due to the rainfall in Teknaf area’s Camp 26 alone.
“Some were relocated on an emergency basis to 15 designated safe havens/communal facilities to ensure their immediate safety,” it said in the statement.
Around 738,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar to Bangladesh from Aug. 25, 2017, following a military campaign in response to an alleged attack by a Rohingya insurgent group against police and border posts.