Nearly 590,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh threatened by diseases: United Nations

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United Nations, Oct 21: A United Nations spokesperson on Friday revealed that around 590,00 Rohingya refugees have been admitted to medical camps in Bangladesh, while 320,00 refugee children among them are threatened by water-borne diseases and desperate living conditions.

According to  Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  a total number of 589,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State since alleged retaliation following a deadly rebel militia attack on Aug. 25 against police posts.

Farhan Haq, the UN spokesman, said among them over half of the new arrivals in Bangladesh are lodge at  Kutupalong Expansion.

He informed as a single large site where aid partners are working with authorities to improve infrastructural services and basic amenities.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) stated nearly 7,000 of the refugees had been admitted to Bangladesh after spending up to four days stranded near the border. “Thousands more are believed to be on their way from Myanmar.”

The most vulnerable among the new arrivals are taken by bus from the border to a transit center, where the UNHCR and its partners provide food, water, medical checks and temporary shelter, Haq added.

As per the new report,  most of the refugees are living in overcrowded and unhealthy conditions.

Despite an expanding international aid effort led by the government of Bangladesh, the report revealed that basic needs of many children  are not being met.

“UNICEF is also calling for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Rakhine State, as well as for humanitarian actors to be given immediate and unfettered access”, the spokesperson further asserted.

Wefornews  Bureau 

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