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HI assists Rohingya refugees after fire destroys a camp in Bangladesh


Emergency | Bangladesh | PUBLISHED ON April 22nd 2021

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HI’s teams are working to assist the victims of the fire that swept through a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on 22 March.

The fire in Cox’s Bazar on 22 March affected more than 40,000 people and injured more than 550. HI, which has been working in Rohingya refugee camps since 2013, assessed the needs of victims and launched an emergency response.

More than 1,700 people traumatised by the disaster were given psychosocial support in one-to-one and group sessions. HI also distributed more than 3,000 hygiene and cooking kits and other items to people in need. Many Rohingya refugees also received physiotherapy, and remplacements for crutches, walking frames, and the like, destroyed in the fire. People affected by the disaster were also informed of available services, including protection for children and isolated women.

HI's logistics teams also helped organise the transport of humanitarian aid for organisations working in the camps. In the days following the disaster, HI transported more than 34,000 hot meals to people affected by the fire.

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