In Pictures: World's Biggest Refugee Camp Is Battling Onset of Monsoon

The Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, where almost 1 million Rohingya reside, are battling the onset of the monsoon rains which started in the beginning of June. A story in pictures, made by Kazi Arefin.

The first monsoon rains have so far caused at least 381 reported incidents, including 193 landslides, that have injured 34 and killed at least one Rohingya refugee. More than 34,000 in the sprawling settlement have so far been affected by the torrential downpour and strong winds, and nearly 4,200 have been displaced.

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The summer rains affect Bangladesh from June to August, and the country's Water Development Board’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre recorded 116 mm rainfall in Cox’s Bazar during the last 24 hours and it has forecast 945.60mm rainfall in the district this month, bringing a heightened risk of landslides.

ICCO and Kerk in Actie, together with other members of ACT Alliance, give emergency aid to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Together we try to minimising the risks of landslides, flash floods and waterborne diseases, which are likely to increase due to the heavy monsoon rainfalls. Donations are accepted via Kerk in Actie.

Photo Credit: Kazi Arefin/ICCO and Kerk in Actie/ACT Alliance 

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