Zero-point: Rohingya sheltering at no man land between border of Burma and Bangladesh have been massively effected by the first shower of monsoon since midnight of Wednesday (18th April) along with other 1000s in makeshift camps of Bangladesh, reports locals and agencies.
Since mid-night a heavy wave of wind and rain have blown away the plastic roofs of shelters at zero-point where more than 6000 Rohingya are sheltering since late 2017.
Along with shelters, this first shower of monsoon have blown away the roof of no. 2 mosque. And wet floor of the mosque have barred Rohingya from praying and children from getting little existing education.
“We are at greater risk than this, this is just the first red signal of upcoming destruction in this rainy season. We don’t know how will we protect us, where we are already suffering badly with our children” explains a sheltering Rohingya at zero-point.
Rohingya in Bangladesh
The first pre-monsoon shower also hit Rohingya sheltering in Cox’bazaar district of Bangladesh and have effected few Rohingya shelters there.
Nur Jahan, 27, who fled from Maungdaw in Burma (Myanmar), said her home had already been damaged by the first rainfall. “It was really dangerous because there was also a strong wind blowing around the camp and dust was coming into our homes,” he said.
Jahan added: “If the rains continue like this, then my house and others are going to be destroyed. I’m worried about my children. Where are they going to stay during the monsoon?” as quoted in Guardian.
Following the upcoming danger right’s group fear it will risk life of more than 150,000 Rohingya sheltering in those ghettoes.
Daphnee Cook, Save the Children’s media and communications manager from Cox’s Bazar reported further rain showers are forecast over the next few days, and said, “Threatening an already vulnerable population.”
Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) also sent alarming signs stating:
“With the flooding and accumulation of stagnant water, water- and mosquito-borne diseases are all the more likely to spread because of the refugees’ severely overcrowded living conditions and very poor sanitation,”
Emergency coordinator in Cox’s Bazar, Francesco Segoni also added medical Aid groups, the Bangladeshi government and non-governmental agencies have been preparing for the annual deluge for months, but the situation is made almost impossible to manage given the scale of the refugee crisis.
To battle the health crises at minimum level MSF recently finished construction of a medical facility in the vicinity, which can handle outbreaks of cholera and hepatitis E, which are common during the rainy season, but the group warned things will be “extremely challenging.”
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told CNN that a survey commissioned by the agency has estimated more than 100,000 people in the main settlement, Kutupalong-Balukhali, were at high risk of floods and landslides and should ideally be relocated.