ROHINGYA / HEAVY RAINS DAMAGE

11-Jun-2018 00:02:22
The first heavy rains of the monsoon season damaged many refugee settlements and put refugees at very high risk of landslides in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. UNHCR
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STORY: ROHINGYA / HEAVY RAINS DAMAGE
TRT: 02:22
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /BENGALI / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2018, CHAKMARKUL SETTLEMENT, BANGLADESH
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1. Various shots, refugee settlement in rain
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Gluck, spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“As you can see here behind me, many people live on these hillsides on very steep slopes, and they’re at very high risk of landslides. In one just area of the camp, I discovered, almost 20 families have had to be relocated and almost 30 houses have been damaged due to landslides.”
3. Various shots, Images of Hasina Begum,25, and her husband, Md. Rafiq, 29, 10-day old baby son Anwar Siddiq and 3 other children
4. SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Hasina Begum, Rohingya Refugee:
“Because of the rain all night, yesterday evening the hill wasn’t steady anymore and it fell onto the roof our house. We were very afraid, and people had to help us to get out of our home. My baby is just 10 days old and was in the cot when the earth fell over him”
5. Various shots, Hasina Begum’s house destroyed
6. SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Zahir Udin, Rohingya Refugee:
“At the time of the incident my wife and I were in the house and my sister was visiting. Then the house began making cracking sounds and broke down.”
7. Various shots, Zahir Udin and his wife, who was buried up to her neck.
8. Various shots, Zahir Udin’s landslide affected house
STORYLINE
The first heavy rains of the year have begun in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, signalling the start of the monsoon period and an early test for refugees and humanitarian agencies working on the Rohingya refugee response.

The weather front, bringing strong winds and rain, began on Sunday afternoon (10 Jun), and has already had a big impact on the refugee settlements.

SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Gluck, spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“As you can see here behind me, many people live on these hillsides on very steep slopes, and they’re at very high risk of landslides. In one just area of the camp, I discovered, almost 20 families have had to be relocated and almost 30 houses have been damaged due to landslides.”

In Chakmarkul, home to around 13,000 people, more 360 households were impacted by the heavy rains and landslides. Twenty-six families had to be relocated due to the landslide damage to their homes.

SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Hasina Begum, Rohingya Refugee:
“Because of the rain all night, yesterday evening the hill wasn’t steady anymore and it fell onto the roof our house. We were very afraid, and people had to help us to get out of our home. My baby is just 10 days old and was in the cot when the earth fell over him”

SOUNDBITE (Bengali) Zahir Udin, Rohingya Refugee:
“At the time of the incident my wife and I were in the house and my sister was visiting. Then the house began making cracking sounds and broke down.”

UNHCR and its partners, working closely with the government of Bangladesh, have been working around the clock to try to mitigate the risks of landslides and flooding in the highly congested refugee settlements, which are home to some 720,000 refugees who arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 last year.
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