Dozens of Rohingya refugee shelters were inundated with floodwater or hit by landslides over the weekend, as the biggest storm of the year to date hit refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Refugee camps in Bangladesh hit by biggest storm of the year

Bangladesh's monsoon season has arrived, and with it heavy rains that threaten to wreak havoc in the refugee camps of Cox's Bazar. The biggest storm of the year hit over the weekend, flooding dozens of homes and causing destructive landslides. Heavy showers and powerful winds tore through the camps, leaving behind crumpled shelters and families scrambling to rebuild. Major roads have been cut off, leaving many areas accessible only on foot.

Children and their families, who have already experienced huge loss and devastation following the eruption of violence in the northern Rakhine state in Myanmar last August, are now facing new deadly threats.

The flooding and landslides are not only wiping out shelters but are also creating the perfect breeding ground for an outbreak of infectious diseases.

Over 100,000 people are estimated to be at risk of being directly affected by flooding and landslides as heavy rains are expected to continue over the next few months.

We’re doing whatever it takes to stop the cyclone and monsoon season from creating a disaster within a disaster.  With so many children dependent on humanitarian aid to survive, time is running out. We must act now. Please donate today.


What we're doing

  • We’re improving critical infrastructure like drains and bridges and reinforcing landslide-prone hillsides.
  • We’re sandbagging access routes and distributing shelter upgrade kits to help the most at-risk homes withstand the conditions.

We also continue to respond to the urgent needs of children and their families who have faced horrific human rights abuses and have arrived in the temporary settlements of Cox’s Bazar in urgent need of food, water, shelter and healthcare.

  • We’re providing food and shelter to children who are hungry and scared
  • Our Emergency Health Unit – a world-class team of doctors, nurses and logistics experts – is in Bangladesh, delivering vital health, nutrition and hygiene care and fighting to prevent the spread of disease.
  • We’re protecting children and supporting their emotional wellbeing to help them come to terms with the horrors they’ve faced.
  • We’re helping those who are lost and alone to trace their families and have opened safe spaces where children can play and just be children again.


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