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EU releases €1 million in emergency aid for people affected by fire in Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

In response to the devastating effects of the fire that erupted in a Rohingya refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar, 5 March, and the subsequent destruction of the affected areas, the EU released EUR1,000,000 in humanitarian aid.

Funding will be used to shelter, stabilize and prevent disease outbreaks from the camp, as well as repair and replacement of water and sanitation facilities.

The International Organisation for Migration was able, thanks to its ongoing EU-funded disaster preparation programme, to deploy emergency response teams immediately at the outbreaks of fire to assist the affected communities as well as prevent further damage.

Janez Lenarcic, Crisis Management Commissioner ( pictured), explained that “EU support was essential for the immediate response to widespread fire at the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. EU-funded emergency units and volunteers deployed to the ground immediately after the outbreak. This was done in order to control the fire and prevent further devastating losses. This proves that local communities can save their lives by being prepared for disasters. We will provide emergency shelter, sanitation, and health care for those living in affected areas with this additional funding.


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