UPDATED 10:09 PM PT — Mon. May 14, 2018
Concern is mounting for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as monsoon season quickly approaches.
Officials say refugee shelters are often in areas vulnerable to landslides located on steep hills and in deep valleys.
The U.N. Refugee Agency has called for increased safety protocol ahead of the anticipated heavy rainfall.
Cyclones also remain a threat and U.S. officials are adamant about securing the safety of those who have reportedly fled to escape persecution.
“The one unknown quantity, and this is perhaps the most concerning thing, is the issue of a cyclone,” said Edward Benson. “Obviously if a cyclone were to come, that is a whole additional series of problems.”
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since august 2017 as the shelters remain dependent on humanitarian aid for basic necessities.
Monsoon season begins in June and experts say nearly one third of the nation will be under water by October.