'Urgent fund needed for Rohingyas as monsoon rains hit camps'
Published : Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 at 6:59 PM Count : 145
The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) has laid emphasis on urgent funding for assisting the host community and people in Rohingya refugee camps who have been severely affected by monsoon rains that continued since Saturday.
The ISCG partners-- UN agencies such as IOM, UNHCR, and WFP, as well as NGOs-- are working in support of the Government of Bangladesh.
The agencies are assisting the rain affected thousands of people in the host community and Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, said a press release on Wednesday.
ISCG Senior Coordinator Nicole Epting said, “Funding is still urgently needed to sustain preparedness and response for the remainder of the monsoon season, replenish stocks, improve communications infrastructure, repair monsoon-related damage, and increase the capacity of mobile response teams."
"Only 38 percent of the response is funded, compromising essential services and the health and wellbeing of both the Rohingya and host community population,” Nicole Epting added.
Mentioning that the rain and wind are endangering lives and causing hardship on the ground, IOM Bangladesh Deputy Chief of Mission Manuel Pereira said, "Our teams are working around the clock to provide emergency services, repairs and relocations."
The humanitarian agencies also train up refugees so they themselvesas can respond to emergencies and reduce the risks faced by the community in disasters, said Marin Din Kajdomcaj UNHCR Head of Office in Cox’s Bazar.
He said, “We are working closely with partners and the Government authorities to assist affected families. We have also trained some 3,000 refugees so they can respond to emergencies and reduce the risks faced by the community in disasters”.
In the past couple of days, humanitarian agencies have distributed shelter kits, hot meals, and high-energy biscuits to families impacted by the storms.
WFP Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar said Peter Guest said, the organization is well prepared for emergency situations. Additionally, its engineering and disaster risk reduction teams are assessing the impact of the rains and are on stand by to ensure access to food and vital services are restored if needed, he added.
ISCG partners –the UN and NGOs –are continuing to monitor weather and assist affected communities as needed. With rains expected to continue, engineers are concerned about worsening damage to paths, bridges and drainage systems if conditions do not improve.