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Intermittent Rain in Cox\'s Bazar

Rohingyas on hill slopes at risk of landslide

Published : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 335
Mamunur Rashid with Farhad Iqbal from Coxs Bazar

Intermittent Rain in Cox's Bazar
A Rohingya woman looks pale as she ponders over her future at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday. A dire humanitarian situation is unfolding inside overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh after the number fleeing violence in Myanmar reached near half-of-a-million. 	Photo: Ar sumon

A Rohingya woman looks pale as she ponders over her future at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday. A dire humanitarian situation is unfolding inside overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh after the number fleeing violence in Myanmar reached near half-of-a-million. Photo: Ar sumon

The displaced Rohingyas, in their temporary shelters on the slopes of the hills of Cox's Bazar, fear landslides as intermittent rain might trigger hill slides, resulting in several deaths.
The already saturated soil may give in to the pressure of water if the rainfall intensifies and cause a massive landslide and bury many polyethylene covered shanties built on bamboo scaffoldings to house the fresh influx of Rohingya refugees since August 25.
A violent crackdown by
Myanmar's military on insurgents from the Muslim Rohingya population has sparked a mass exodus of more than 425,000 people into Bangladesh. At least 300,000 Rohingya refugees are living on the slopes of the hills.
Jafor Ahmed Chairman of Teknaf Upazila told the Daily Observer that thousands of Rohingyas, who came to Bangladesh hungry and tired, have been housed on the hillsides in an unplanned way. He is also afraid of a landslide anytime and a massive loss of human lives.
Fire Service and Civil Defence sources said they have no preparations to face such eventuality at the Rohingya refugee camps.
Most of the ethnic Rohingya Muslim camps are suffering from lack of food and water.
A new analysis of satellite imagery from Myanmar's Rakhine State shows 214 villages of Rohingyas almost totally destroyed, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qauder could not hold back his tears when he learnt of the horrible fate the Rohingya refugees in the camps.
The Minister was in Unchiprang area of Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday to distribute relief items among the refugees.
During the relief distribution, Obaidul, also the general secretary of ruling Awami League, lost his composure and became emotional after he listened to some of the refugees describe the gruesome military persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State. "These Rohingya have not eaten for who knows how many days. They have spent sleepless nights in the rain, under the open sky. We have to stand beside these tortured people. We have to help them in whatever way we can," the Minister later told reporters.
Earlier on September 12, when she visited the Kutupalong registered refugee camp in Teknaf, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also overcome with emotion when she learnt of the refugees' miseries, especially the children.
Obaidul also distributed relief in Kutupalong and Baluchali refugee camps on Monday.
He was accompanied by Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Organising Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, lawmakers and district-level leaders during the relief distribution.



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