Bangladesh. Racing to avert monsoon catastrophe in Rohingya camp

The first of 350 families identified as vulnerable to monsoon and irrigation flooding are relocated from Camp 7 to Camp 17 in Kutupalong. ; UNHCR is relocating Rohingya refugees threatened by floods and landslides in Bangladesh and upgrading shelters and infrastructure as heavy rains loom. As the wet season begins, waters have risen at the world’s largest refugee settlement, Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, where many families have settled spontaneously on hillsides unsuitable for human settlement. At least 100,000 residents are at serious risk from flash flooding and landslides. Water-borne diseases are also more likely to spread. UNHCR, in partnership with the IOM, WFP and the NGO Caritas, are carrying out engineering projects on waterways, hills and wells, in an effort to mitigate the risks. Almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled from persecution, rape and violence in northern Rakhine state Myanmar, seeking safety in Bangladesh in 2017.