Fire in Bangladesh

Rohingya Emergency

URGENT EMERGENCY APPEAL: Fire in Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Camp

Rohingya refugees are reeling from yet another tragedy. A massive and devastating fire in the Kutupalong Balukali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh has destroyed 3,000 shelters and left 16,000 people homeless.

In support of the ongoing response led by the Bangladeshi authorities, UNHCR, in coordination with IOM and other UN and NGO partners as well as refugee volunteers, is rushing to provide critical support and protection to Rohingya refugees.

Almost a million Rohingya are currently living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Infrastructure and services were already stretched to their limits, with many families lacking adequate shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. 

We are providing protection and temporary shelter, safety and security to refugees left homeless and issuing documentation for those who lost everything in the devastating blaze. 

But we cannot do this alone.

Your help is needed urgently to help us respond to this emergency.

By donating today, you can help Rohingya families from Myanmar access:

Splitting and weaving muli bamboo in Kutupalong camp for shelters. ; During the first weeks after late August, when Rohingya refugees poured over the border from Myanmar into camps in Bangladesh, there was little time to plan either the location or construction of dwellings.
Shelter materials
Rohingya mother Laila Begum, 30, and her children (from left) Aysha, 7, and Kishmot Ara, 5, receive their UNHCR Non-Food Items emergency relief pack in their makeshift shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh.
Relief items
A Rohingya fills a bucket and kettle at a standpipe in Kutupalong camp.
Clean water facilities
A young child stands outside shelters in Camp 4 Extension, Kutupalong Refugee Camp, south-east Bangladesh.
Protection services

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