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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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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Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Water

When people flee their homes, they often struggle to safely and easily access adequate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, endangering their health. UNHCR provides extensive infrastructure in refugee camps – wells, pumps, tap-stands and latrines – to meet refugees’ water needs and prevent disease. The water containers we provide as part of our basic survival kit enable displaced families to fetch and store clean water.

Providing Food 

Malnutrition is a common consequence of conflict and displacement. UNHCR works with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that all refugees have access to adequate nutrient-rich food. UNHCR assists with the distribution of food rations in camps and provide urban refugees with vouchers and cash assistance for the purchase of food and groceries. In acute situations, UNHCR supports emergency nutrition and therapeutic feeding programs, supplying fortified milks and ready-to-use therapeutic foods.

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