706,364 new Rohingyas arrived since August

The number of people in need in Cox’s Bazar district is now 1.3 million with 706,364 new Rohingya arrivals since 25 August last year, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The UN migration agency in its new report published Thursday said heavy rain affected the shelters of 173 households in Teknaf and Ukhiya camps from 6-12 July, reports UNB.

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Since the beginning of the monsoon season, 1,819 shelters have been damaged, 716 partially and 1,047 completely in Camp 8E, 8W, 9, 10, 18, 20, 22, 23. IOM said it immediately responded to affected households with emergency shelter materials.

Bangladeshi families in the Palongkhali host community have also been affected by the heavy rain on 4 July.

Following the request from the community, IOM assessed the emergency needs, and distributed tarps and ropes for 10 families.

To support the relocation of families from the most serious landslide risk areas, IOM said it continues to construct 50 shelters per day in Camp 20 Extension.

During the reporting period, over 6,000 Rohingya refugees were engaged in Cash-for-Work activities, to build 320 robust emergency shelters, transport shelter materials and support extremely vulnerable Rohingya households.

Site Development and Site Management teams are working to support refugee households at risk of flooding and landslides, it said.

The IOM said road and drainage clearance are critical to continue operations.

Without additional support, the capacity of the site development and site management teams to meet the most urgent need is limited.

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