Emergency Update: Monsoon rains affect Myanmar refugees

June 9 marked the onset of the monsoon season in Bangladesh, with heavy rains hitting Cox’s Bazar, one of the world’s largest refugee camps with a population of over 900,000 people from Myanmar. From mid-May, it rained on and off at the camps, however since June 09, Cox’s Bazar has received a total of 552 mm of rain, for nearly seven days, which is 66% of the typical total average monthly rainfall for June.

Several shelters and basic infrastructure have been affected by the heavy rain and subsequent soil erosion. CARE field reports indicate that most damages have been caused by mudslides/soil erosion and waterlogging.

Most of CARE’s programs are centralized in Camp 16, while services for health, protection and gender-based violence is also extended in other camps. A heavy downpour between June 9-13 affected more than 22,000 people in this camp, with 101 shelters completely damaged.

Read CARE Bangladesh Emergency Update on impact of monsoon in Camp 16 (PDF).

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CARE has Canadian spokespeople available who have recently travelled to Bangladesh in addition to spokespeople already in country. Contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613-228-5641