Around 400,000 Rohingyas, among whom 60 percent are estimated to be children, have escaped Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, with thousands more arriving every day, the Unicef said on Thursday.
Unicef trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children are headed to Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies for the coming days and weeks.
The amount of refugees has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps, with new arrivals seeking shelter anywhere they can find space.
“There are shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,” said Edouard Beigbeder, Unicef’s Representative in Bangladesh.
“Children are at the risk of suffering from water-borne diseases due to conditions on the ground. A gigantic task awaits us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.”
Supplies include detergent powder, soap, and pitchers and jugs to contain water, along with nappies, sanitary napkins, towels and sandals.
Unicef is also assisting the Department of Public Health Engineering with water treatment plants and carriers, and is working with partners on the ground to install and rehabilitate tube wells.
These are part of a first wave of supplies that will massively scale-up Unicef’s emergency response to the growing number of Rohingya children in Bangladesh,” Beigbeder said.
An appeal for $US 7.3 million has been made by the UNICEF to provide emergency support to Rohingya children over the next four months.