Health Desk-- 15th June, 2018: Unicef has called for further support for thousands of vulnerable Rohingya children living in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.
The organization said the torrential rain and strong winds are also threatening the health and safety of children in the camps, particularly water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.
In a statement on Thursday Unicef said the heavy rain brought flooding and landslides -- with reports of one child killed in a landslide -- whilst strong winds damaged or destroyed hundreds of shelters, leaving families defenseless.
Unicef representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder said, “Thousands of children and their families are living in shelters on hilly areas with no trees, rocks or shrubs to hold sandy ground -- much of which has now turned into mud -- as the rains continue and the water table rises rapidly”.
According to an estimate made by Unicef and partners, 200,000 Rohingya refugees (over 50 percent children) are currently threatened by the dual-dangers of flooding and landslides, with 25,000 at highest risk.