Vulnerable Rohingya refugees living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh now face further disaster, as monsoon rains and possible cyclones will cause floods and landslides and increase the risk of deadly disease.
Oxfam is ramping up its work to improve hygiene, sanitation and water delivery, and prepare families in the face of the expected storms. You can help.
Close to a million Rohingya people have fled unimaginable atrocities in Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh. They are now squashed into an area far too small to safely accommodate them, living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements, on unsuitable steep land.
Conditions are dire, with overflowing latrines and contaminated water, and bad weather will make matters worse. Rains and storms may cause major damage to the camps, further displacements, deaths and cut of access to large parts of the camps. A large-scale disease outbreak is almost inevitable.
Preparing for a disaster: Oxfam’s response
Since September, Oxfam in Bangladesh has provided emergency relief to 240,000 people. Our priority now is to help refugees brace for the coming monsoon season.
We are working to prevent waste escaping from latrines and have emergency supplies like water pumps and toilets in our warehouses ready, if storms damage water points and other infrastructure.
We are providing water and hygiene supplies to contain the spread of disease, and helping families understand how to stay safe and healthy.
We are currently providing 180,000 liters of safe drinking water per day to 25,500 people in Unchiprang camp. And from our water treatment plant in Nayapara, our provision reach 110,00 liters per day.
We have desludged and repaired hundreds of latrines, installed 80 women bathing cubicles in Balukhali and Unchiprang and piloted 8 twin pit latrines at Kutupalong, specially designed for flood-prone areas.
We have distributed nearly 10,000 hygiene kits so far and have recruited more than 300 Rohingya volunteers to conduct hygiene sessions on safe water, latrine cleanliness, food hygiene, handwashing, and diphtheria awareness.
You can help
Hundreds of Rohingya refugees are still arriving every week in Bangladesh, joining close to a million already living in severely crowded and unhealthy conditions. More aid and more resources are needed to prepare for deadly monsoon rains and improve conditions in the camps for as long as the Rohingya need supports.