Bangladesh monsoons - running from violence into the eye of the storm
It’s raining heavily in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Rohingya children and their families face the prospect of losing their temporary homes to landslides and flooding.
“You can finally hear the laughter of children in the camps. After everything these families have been through we are worried about the devastation the monsoons may bring. We are focused now on keeping the refugees safe, healthy and dry as we see the rains take hold,” said Jean Metenier, Chief of Field office, Cox’s Bazaar, UNICEF Bangladesh.
What happens when it rains?
- Landslides: the camps were hastily constructed to meet the urgent needs of new arrivals. Already a landslide has killed a young girl and injured two other children who were out collecting firewood
- Flooding: our health centres, schools and child-friendly spaces are a lifeline to refugees and as the rains continue these centres could be destroyed and will need urgent reconstruction so these vital services can continue
- Children are also at risk of getting separated from their families due to flooding and mudslides
- Disease outbreak: rains and flooding bring the risk of waterborne disease including diarrhea with a potentially catastrophic impact on children with immune systems already weakened by malnutrition
Your donation will help to:
- Make sure toilets and water tanks can withstand flooding and protect them from contamination of disease
- Chlorinate all water supplies to make sure families have safe water for drinking, cooking, cleaning
- Immunize children against water-borne diseases including cholera and hepatitis
- Educate families against the risks brought by rains and flooding providing ongoing health, education and child protection services to keep children alive and happy