Lack of toilets has made Rohingya crisis complicated in Bangladesh
According to a report, lack of toilets and well-maintained water pumps has complicated the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. The report was released on Sunday, and it said that 30 percent of the 4,370 manual pumps installed are in poor condition and 36 percent of the 24,773 toilets were about to overflow in southeastern Bangladesh where some 7, 50,000 Rohingya refugees are currently residing after fleeing violence in Myanmar.
It is said by a report, “there is a continuous new influx of refugees resulting in an increase in population at multiple sites which is overloading existing WASH facilities due to heavy use.”
According to a report, the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled the armed conflict in Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 has risen to 6, 07,000 – 2,000 more than the data collected on Friday – 5, 61,000 of which took refuge in camps and another 46,000 in host communities.
The new influx of Rohingya refugees brought the number of the Muslim minority ethnic group that sought refuge in Bangladesh to about 8, 19,000. The goal of WASH services is to reach out to 7, 50,000 refugees that live with poor water sanitation and hygiene, although the UN admitted that their humanitarian services have reached only 5, 30,000, adding that the situation is worrisome due to overpopulation, poor infrastructure and shallow aquifers.
Abu Naim Talukder of the WASH department of the UN Inter-Sector Coordination Group has told that the manual water pumps work poorly due to its excessive use.
Regarding the toilets, Talukder has also said that it is normal that they are about to overflow because it is being used by many people, but this could force the refugees to defecate in open air, deteriorating the overall hygienic conditions in the camps.
The conflict in Myanmar had begun when a Rohingya insurgent group carried out a coordinated attack on various police and military posts, sparking a violent response from the Myanmar military.
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