COX BAZAR / MONSOON RAINS

11-Jul-2019 00:01:58
Monsoon weather systems in the Bay of Bengal battering Ronhingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have led to landslides, flooding, and the destruction of thousands of shelters. The World Food Porgramme (WFP) said over 45,000 individuals have been affected by weather-related incidents since the end of April, compared to 55,000 affected in the entirety of last year’s monsoon season. WFP
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STORY: COX BAZAR / MONSOON RAINS
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / BANGLA / NATS

DATELINE: 8-10 JULY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
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9 JULY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

1. Wide shot, Monson rains coming down on Co’x Bazar
2. Wide shot, winds blowing tents
3. Wide shot, kids standing in flood waters
4. Wide shot, refugees standing in rain
5. Wide shot, refugees stacking sand bags
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gemma Snowdon, Communications Officer, World Food Programme:
"There have been days of heavy rains in the Rohingya refugee camps here in Cox's Bazar, and the situation is serious; thousands of people have been displaced and thousands more have damage to their home. But WFP is well prepared for incidents like this. We prepare all year round for it. For example, we have emergencies food supplies prepositioned around the camps, so we can respond quickly when needed, and in this instance, we were able to get emergency food supplies to people within the space of twelve hours."
7. Med shots, WFP project participants preparing stakes and ropes

8 JULY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

8. Various shots, workers stabilizing slopes
9 JULY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

9. SOUNDBITE (Bangla) Musa, Rohingya refugee:
"With the money I make from this work with WFP, I can go to the market and buy fresh vegetables."

10 JULY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

10. Close up, food aid
11. Various shots, refugees at WFP food distribution point
STORYLINE
Days of heavy monsoon rains and wind have pounded the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh since 04 July, leading to loss of life, displacing 5,600 people, and damaging thousands of houses.

The monsoon weather systems in the Bay of Bengal battering have led to landslides, flooding, and the destruction of thousands of shelters. The World Food Porgramme (WFP) said over 45,000 individuals have been affected by weather-related incidents since the end of April, compared to 55,000 affected in the entirety of last year’s monsoon season.

To date, WFP has assisted 11,000 refugees affected by monsoon rainfall, providing rapid food assistance to sustain affected families. WFP's assistance includes a one-week ration of high energy biscuits, followed by a two-week ration of dry food (rice, lentil and oil) or cooked meals.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gemma Snowdon, Communications Officer, World Food Programme:
"There have been days of heavy rains in the Rohingya refugee camps here in Cox's Bazar, and the situation is serious; thousands of people have been displaced and thousands more have damage to their home. But WFP is well prepared for incidents like this. We prepare all year round for it. For example, we have emergencies food supplies prepositioned around the camps, so we can respond quickly when needed, and in this instance, we were able to get emergency food supplies to people within the space of twelve hours."

Moving around the camps on foot or in vehicles remains a challenge due to mud, water, and traffic congestion. However, with the prepositioning of emergency food supplies, WFP said it has enough food in stock to feed the entire camp population for two weeks if needed.

WFP said it was racing to stabilise slopes that have slipped, and has teams out fixing the slopes and drainage systems that have been damaged. Engineering and disaster risk reduction works are ongoing with around 3,700 Rohingya refugees deployed each day to assist. It warned that there was always potential for more landslides if the heavy rains continue. WFP added that its emergency teams are positioned in the camps and are on standby to quickly respond if something major or life threatening happens, including overnight.

Over the past year, WFP’s engineers and partners have been conducting disaster risk reduction activities for cyclone and monsoon preparedness and have steadily improved camp conditions and humanitarian access. Activities focus on improving and establishing roads, strengthening and clearing drains, reinforcing bridges in the camps, and reforestation. WFP said those in the most vulnerable living situations have been relocated to safer, newly developed land in the camps.
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