Two dead and thousands displaced as heavy rains batter Rohingya camps

Monsoon rains have battered Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh leaving at least two people dead and thousands more displaced.

The heavy rain and winds, which first hit on the 4th of July, have damaged and destroyed homes, and increased the risk of waterborne diseases spreading in the camps.

The International Organisation for Migration, the UN migration agency, has said over 2,700 refugees have been left homeless in the town of Cox’s Bazar.

The region is only halfway through monsoon season but damage estimates are said to have already exceeded those recorded in 2018.

It’s the latest in a series of hardships the Rohingya people have been forced to endure, after more than 700,000 fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh following a brutal campaign by the country’s military forces. Many saw their families, friends or neighbours shot or burned alive, their homes destroyed and their livestock and other belongings stolen.

We’ve been working closely with Caritas Bangladesh since 2017 to provide food and other essentials like cooking utensils and blankets to tens of thousands of vulnerable families, and we will continue to do so.

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