URGENT EMERGENCY APPEAL: devastating fire destroys Rohingya refugee camp

Rohingya refugees are reeling from yet another tragedy as a fire has destroyed thousands of shelters in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 

UNHCR and our partners have rushed to respond but the damage is extensive, and we can’t do this alone.

Nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state over the years. They have already been through so much and today, they are facing yet another tragedy.

Your help is needed urgently to help us respond to this emergency. Please donate now.


Infrastructure and services were already stretched to their limits, with many families lacking adequate shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. The fires have intensified these shortages, simultaneously heightening the risk of COVID-19.  

The pandemic has greatly impacted Rohingya refugees, having increased food insecurity, and severely disrupting education and economic activity. 

UNHCR is on the ground responding to both the devastating fires and continuing their work against COVID-19.

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. As well as working to reunite children who were separated from their families during the fire.

But we cannot do this alone.

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

Fires have devastated a Rohingya refugee camp in the Kutalapalong Balukhali area of Bangladesh © UNHCR

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Your donation will help provide vulnerable families with emergency relief and protection to survive the devastating fires

Your donations in action

Rohingya families threatened by flooding and landslides are being relocated to higher ground.

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A Rohingya woman prepares for monsoon season by reinforcing her shelter with materials supplied by UNHCR.

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Families are relocated to new shelters at Chakmarkul settlement in Cox's Bazar.

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Refugee workers rebuild walkways and riverbanks in preparation for monsoon season.

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