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  • Published at 12:54 am July 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:57 am July 8th, 2018
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More shelters need to be built to house vulnerable families

Much work has been done in the past few months in attempts to shelter the Rohingya refugees living in makeshift camps on our side of the border, but the sad reality is that hundreds of thousands of lives could still be in danger of flooding and landslides.

Heavy rains have been damaging refugee shelters, infrastructure, stored food, and other establishments in the camps, adding to the misery of people who have already had extremely difficult lives.

After having fled one enemy in their homeland Myanmar, they now face a natural one.

According to Oxfam’s humanitarian program coordinator, not only are the rains causing floods and landslides, but are also responsible for an alarming spread of disease.

We applaud the work done round the clock by our government to improve the lives of refugees, and hope that they are able to meet the scale of this daunting challenge.

For example, more shelters need to be built to house vulnerable families, and families in danger of losing their lives or their homes to landslides should be relocated to safer areas.

When Bangladesh opened its doors to the fleeing Rohingya, putting humanity first, it became a shining example for the world -- we must continue that good work and not shy away from the extra challenges posed by the monsoon.

It is a tall order, but we will prevail.

However, it is of utmost importance to keep hope alive, and work in a coordinated way to minimize the loss of life in the coming days.