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Oxfam warns of flood risk for Rohingya refugees in a pandemic

The NGO Oxfam warned on Friday that hundreds of thousands of refugees in Bangladesh, especially those of the Rohingya minority from Burma, are at additional risk for the severe coronavirus pandemic: the arrival of the pouring rainy season and the floods and landslides that are precarious Shelters threaten.

The floods, which are expected to peak this weekend from July 18-19, have already claimed eight lives and affected 2.2 million people, just two months after the region was hit by the region’s cyclone ‘Amphan’, the strongest storm in ten years.

Heavy monsoon rains have also caused damage and restricted the movement of vulnerable people in the refugee camps of the large Cox’s Bazar camp.

Oxfam warns of flood risk for Rohingya refugees in a pandemic
Oxfam warns of flood risk for Rohingya refugees in a pandemic

“Bangladesh is already facing several COVID-19 crises and their economic ramifications that make these floods even more deadly,” said Vincent Koch, Oxfam humanitarian director in Bangladesh.

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