Monsoon downpour has caused flooding and landslides in Rohingya camps where almost one million people are living under bamboo and tarpaulin shelters after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Many national and international organizations have been working round the clock amid the downpours to help the Rohingyas.
As heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the coming weeks, we should devise a master plan to support them during these challenging conditions. In this regard, the country desperately needs more funding to help and support the Rohingyas.
However, it is good news that International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the Inter Sectoral Coordination Group, has offered support to help the Government of Bangladesh in its work with the host community in Cox’s Bazar. Assessments are being carried out and IOM said, it is ready to support all those affected.
Reportedly, IOM site management staff assessed over 1,800 people affected by weather-related incidents, and supported distribution of emergency supplies including shelter, food and bedding materials. IOM health teams waded through waist-high water in some areas in a bid to reach their patients and were able to keep all but one medical facility operating despite extremely difficult ground conditions. In total over 1,500 medical consultations were carried out by IOM health workers on 25 July – one of the heaviest days of rain. IOM shelter staff this week also provided full shelter upgrade kits or materials such as tarpaulins and ropes to families whose shelters were destroyed and damaged by the rains.
There is no denying that the situation in the camps is growing more desperate with every drop of rain that falls. People and their makeshift shelters are being washed away in the rains. Therefore, we urgently need more funding to maintain and expand key humanitarian support during these rains. It is worrying to note that just one quarter of the funding for the joint response to the Rohingya crisis has been secured and the continuation of critical services is now under threat.
It is time to ensure continuous lifesaving assistance, including water, sanitation and hygiene, health, protection and shelter support to the refugees during the monsoon. Hence, it is high time for the government and national and international organization to help the Rohingyas with adequate fund.