Dhaka – The United Nations High Commission for Refugee has called for redoubling international humanitarian response in Bangladesh for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled violence in Myanmar.
Adrian Edwards, spokesperson at UNHCR, made the call while addressing the media in Geneva on Tuesday as he said the condition of the refugees have been deteriorating.
An estimated 436,000 Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar after violence began in Rakhine state a month ago.
A plane loaded with 100 tons of aid containing shelter material landed in Dhaka early Tuesday as shelter needs in south-eastern Bangladesh are acute.
Two more aid flights are being scheduled to come to Dhaka, the spokesperson said.
Despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety has been outpacing capacities to respond, and the situation for these refugees has still not stabilized.
UNHCR and its partners have scaled up protection and life-saving support to the new arrivals in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, and extended this support to the informal settlements surrounding these camps.
“As the population in the Kutupalong and Nyapara camps have now doubled, so have the needs for clean drinking water,” Edwards said adding that seven deep tube-wells, 13 shallow tube-wells, and 116 latrine chambers in the two camps had been constructed in the last three weeks.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, during his visit in Bangladesh, discussed the importance of working towards solutions with authorities.
He emphasized for immediate focus has to remain on fast, efficient and substantial increase of support to those who are so desperately in need.