The pre-monsoon rains have started in Cox’s Bazar, which is one of the most flood prone areas of Bangladesh. On the night of the 26th April, a storm damaged shelters and affected several families in refugee camps.
Recently, during intense winds before the rains, and during the storm, many children were seen sitting on top of their family’s shelters in an attempt to keep the plastic roof tops from blowing away.
We estimate that more than 100,000 people, including approximately 55,000 children, are at risk due to floods and landslides. It’s possible that this figure could go up to 200,000 people depending on the intensity of rains.
During monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, the overall health and wellbeing of Rohingya refugee children is affected. Increase risk of infectious disease, poor water and sanitation hygiene, and injury impact children whose immune systems are already weakened by acute malnutrition. Children are also at risk of getting separated from their families due to inundations and mudslides.
As UNICEF works to reinforced the physical infrastructures, build new facilities prior to the floods, and prepositioning emergency water and sanitation supplies, such as hygiene/dignity kits - we need your help.
Click here to read more about UNICEF's relief in the Rohingya camps, and preparing for Monsoon season.