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“People will die” as monsoon approaches Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2040 (Published 08 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2040

Opinion: The monsoon presents a pressing public health threat to the Rohingya

  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Aid agencies are warning that a lack of funding to protect Rohingya refugees from the approaching monsoon season in Bangladesh could lead to catastrophic deaths from disease outbreaks, landslides, and flash flooding.

Nearly 700 000 Rohingya—mainly women and children—have fled to Bangladesh since last August to escape a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, joining some 300 000 Rohingya who were already in the country. Most now live in refugee camps under tarpaulin tents in the Cox’s Bazar district, a small area in the southeast corner of Bangladesh, situated on steep hills that were previously forested.

The refugee camps are in a part of Bangladesh that records the highest rainfall and …

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