Monsoon floods make no distinction, refugees and locals alike: UNHCR official
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has donated 220 housing units to BRAC to assist flood affected and vulnerable families.
A press release by the UN refugee agency on Tuesday said the housing units will support more than 1,100 Bangladeshis in the Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas, who have been either displaced or at risk, due to ongoing monsoon rains and flooding.
Both upazilas are hosting Rohingya refugees.
A week earlier, UNHCR donated 3,550 family tents to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society to further support relief efforts nationwide.
It is estimated that up to 4 million people have been affected by floods in Bangladesh, with hundreds of thousands displaced across the country.
"The people of Bangladesh, and in particular the Ukhiya and Taknaf sub-districts (upazilas) have shown incredible solidarity to Rohingya refugees since the onset of the crisis in 2017," said Marin Din Kajdomcaj, UNHCR’s head of operations and sub-office in Cox’s Bazar.
“Monsoon floods and destruction make no distinction, refugees and local people are affected alike. We hope that this donation can contribute to alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable Bangladeshi families,” he added.
After the event, Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain stated: "I would like to express my gratitude to UNHCR, for helping us and our community with this new kind of shelter, which will help us to relocate any family at risk from flooding or landslides."
Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ashraful Afsar, Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammed Shamsuddouza and BRAC Head of Humanitarian Crisis Management Mohammed Abdus Salam, among others, were present at the event.