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Monsoons Wreak Havoc for Bangladesh's Rohingya Refugees

Aid agencies report the first monsoons to hit Bangladesh are causing havoc in the Cox’s Bazar district, where nearly one million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar are living on barren hills in congested, fragile conditions. The worst fears of humanitarian agencies are coming true. Their predictions that the monsoon season would have a devastating impact on the Rohingya settlements have come to pass. In recent days, the agencies report some 11,000 people have been affected by torrential rains that have caused heavy flooding and landslides in Cox’s Bazar. The agencies report the rains and wind speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour have caused torrents of mud and clay to slide down deforested hills, damaging and destroying shelters in their path. U.N. refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic says several people have been injured and one child is confirmed dead. “Given the scope of the refugee population, the sheer size of...

 

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