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A camp for Rohingya. After many days of rain it's been flooded. Image shows many people trying to walk through waist-deep water.
October 10, 2017

“Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people crammed along a narrow peninsula trying to find what shelter they can. It’s essentially a massive rural slum – and one of the worst slums imaginable. There are hardly any latrines so people have tried to rig up their own plastic sheeting around four bamboo poles, but there’s nowhere for their waste to go except into the stream below. That’s the same stream that just 10 meters away, others are using to collect drinking water. This has all the makings of a public health emergency. Some people are using clothes that they’ve strung together to provide shelter from the elements. But after two days of torrential rain and tropical thunderstorms, some communities’ shelter and few belongings have completely washed away. It’s a horrific situation and you see the devastation and the absolute lack of any comfort whatsoever. I can only imagine how incredibly terrible it must have been in their home village, if this is what they chose. If this is the better option, the other must have been a living hell.

Having fled persecution in Myanmar and lived in appalling conditions for many years in Bangladesh, hundreds of refugee families have now been requested by the Bangladeshi authorities to evacuate and leave without being provided with anywhere else to go. Since March 7, this is the situation facing hundreds of families based in a makeshift camp near Teknaf. "Tal" camp, as it is commonly referred to, consists of small ramshackle shelters situated in an area between the river Naf and the highway leading to the city of Cox's Bazaar.

Recent floods in South Asia have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been affected and hundreds of thousands displaced. In a number of areas, the monsoon rains are said to be the worst in years. Authorities and local aid organisations have been working hard to cover most of the current needs in the affected areas by running clinics, distributing basic relief items and getting ready for potential outbreaks. Considering this strong local response, MSF teams in Bangladesh, India and Nepal are now in an assessment stage.

Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, has been heavily affected by recent monsoonal flooding. Low areas of the city have been inundated, the general hygiene situation has deteriorated, and it has become more difficult to access clean drinking water. As a result, there has been a huge increase in the number of people affected by diarrhoea, including cases of severe diarrhoea and cholera. The International Centre for Diarrhoea Diseases Research in Dhaka has requested support in providing assistance to people in need, since the flooding makes it difficult to move around the city.

Cyclone Sidr, which struck southern Bangladesh on Nov. 15, killed more than 3,000 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless according to the latest official figures. MSF is providing assistance to victims in the most remote areas.

Forty days after starting emergency assistance for people affected by cyclone Sidr in southern Bangladesh, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has ended its relief work in the area. The health situation of those affected has stabilized and the presence of other aid organizations has increased since the cyclone hit on Nov. 16, 2007.

Nearly two months after Cyclone Aila devastated East India and the coast of Bangladesh, the plight of survivors is no longer headline news. However daily flooding is making their recovery almost impossible. In North 24 Parganas, one of the worse affected areas in the state of West Bengal, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing humanitarian assistance in remote villages.

On Tuesday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witnessed a group of around 30 police with local officials enter Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, and destroy 259 homes, looting people’s possessions in the process. The building material from the destroyed homes was then removed into the official United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp, immediately adjacent. Other residents of the makeshift camp were told that they have 48 hours to clear their homes or they will be burnt down.

MSF moves to assist Rohingya living in unacceptable humanitarian conditions in yet another makeshift camp in Bangladesh.

Forced displacement, intimidation and abuse in Kutupalong makeshift camp

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