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Trouble For 2 Lakh Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh As UN Announces Risk Of Flooding

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| May 23 , 2018 , 10:55 IST

Around 1 million Rohingya refugees found sanctuary in Bangladesh after being declared stateless from their own Rakhine state in Myanmar, however, troubles for nearly 2 lakh of the refugees are far from over.

The UN on Tuesday announced a risk of flooding and landslides during the monsoon season in the Cox's Bazar area of Bangladesh where around 150,000-200,000 Rohingya refugees are stationed.

The spokesperson of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric said to media that already more than 7,000 Rohingya refugees have been affected by storms or landslides earlier this month since the start of the monsoon season.

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“The monsoons typically deposit 2.5 meters of rain on Cox’s Bazar, resulting in significant flooding. As a result, 150,000-200,000 refugees and 883 community facilities are at risk from flooding and landslides during the monsoon season, including 25,000 refugees at critical risk,” Dujarric said.

“The lack of sufficient safe space for at-risk refugees and of safe shelters, limits the UN’s risk mitigation possibilities,” he added.

Although Bangladesh deals with monsoons every year and has developed experience in handling the rains, the situation in the refugee camps is different in scope and volume, as a result of which the international humanitarian community is giving its aid.

A United Nations migration agency said that a major canal dredging project currently underway in Southern Bangladesh to protect Rohingya refugees from monsoon floods and also boost local agriculture.

Meanwhile, the United Nations migration agency said a major canal dredging project underway in Southern Bangladesh to protect Rohingya refugees from monsoon floods will have the added benefit of boosting local agriculture.

Earlier in May, the World Bank agreed to provide Bangladesh with a grant specifically to meet the basic needs of the around 1 million Rohingya refugees who fled their homeland of Myanmar and are now in Bangladesh.