On Wednesday, May 20th, the strongest cyclone ever recorded over the Bay of Bengal made landfall in India and Bangladesh, impacting millions of people in vulnerable communities in the area.
The region also includes the world's largest refugee camp - Cox’s Bazar, where the first cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed. With nearly one million Rohingya people living in the camp, physical distancing is nearly impossible, and the sharing of water and toilet facilities proves to be an extreme challenge.
This is a crisis on top of a crisis – without assistance, people will be at risk of water-borne infections rampant during the cyclone as well as COVID-19.
Oxfam aims to ramp up work on hygiene, water and sanitation facilities for refugee families living in Cox's Bazar. We're also working with partners to evacuate people to cyclone shelters in other areas of India and Bangladesh.