Rohingya crisis reaches ‘unprecedented proportions’: EU

Brussels, (UNA-OIC) – The Rohingya crisis has reached unprecedented proportions in recent months with hundreds of thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid said on Thursday.

In a statement released on Thursday, the European Commission said it issued Euros 40 million ($47 million) in humanitarian aid for Rohingya in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Our emergency aid will deliver essential supplies such as food, clean water, and healthcare as well as support for the monsoon season,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

The Rohingya refugee camps are extremely vulnerable to the flash flooding and mud landslides triggered by the ongoing monsoon season, which typically lasts until October and could put 200,000 lives at risk.

The statement said Euros 29 million ($34 million) will be used to deliver food, nutritional support, clean water and sanitation facilities, access to health care services, as well as increased protection for the most vulnerable groups among refugees and host communities in the Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Another Euros 7 million [$8 million] will be used to scale up preparedness measures for the rainy season, which could trigger floods and landslides in what is currently the most densely populated refugee camp in the world. Euros 4 million will go for Rohingya and host communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and provide protection, shelter, health, water, sanitation, food and psychosocial support, it added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency