Rohingya refugees and monsoon season – emergency aid officials and experts can comment and speak with media from Bangladesh2018-06-13
As cyclone and monsoon season begins in Bangladesh, tens of thousands of Rohingya families in refugee camps near the border with Myanmar wait to see if their homes and newly-formed communities will hold. Their shelters cling to the sides of slopes or are situated in flood plains, both precarious places as the camp and surrounding hills have been stripped of trees and vegetation that could prevent deadly flash floods and landslides.
Catholic Relief Services is working with partner agency Caritas Bangladesh on the ground in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh responding to this emergency.
Together, Caritas and CRS have modified thousands of shelters and accompanying infrastructure in preparation for torrential rains and flooding. In addition to retrofitting existing areas of the camp and constructing new sites with proper infrastructure, they are engaging community members in camp upkeep and looking out for vulnerable neighbors.
CRS is the international relief and development org. of the U.S. Catholic Church and officials are on site and available to speak with media. Caroline Brennan, CRS’ emergency communications director and an expert in areas of emergency relief and recovery and refugees will be in Cox’s Bazar and is available for interview June 18-29. Simply click on her icon to arrange an interview over Skype, phone or in person.
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