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200,000 Rohingya at risk of landslides as monsoon hits Cox’s Bazar

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HEAVY rains have lashed the massive Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as the monsoon season begins, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of severe flooding and landslides.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that “nearly continuous” rain since the weekend had already seen 37 landslide incidents causing several injuries and killing at least two people including a two-year-old boy.

Speaking to Asian Correspondent by phone, Save the Children’s Communications and Media Manager in Cox’s Bazar Daphnee Cook said that “it’s been raining pretty much constantly for the last four days.”

“What’s happened is that in three days the camps have gone from sandy clay to mud and lakes. It’s completely inundated,” she said.

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The UN estimates based upon aerial mapping that 200,000 people are still at risk of landslides and floods and require relocation to safer areas. Bangladesh’s government is working with aid agencies to relocate an initial group of 100,000 Rohingya from the camps, Reuters reported.

“Sodden and unstable hills have collapsed over the weekend, destroying latrines. At lower levels, water from........

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