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Japan provides $500k to cyclone-affected Rohingyas, host communities

UNB . Dhaka
06 Jun 2023 18:58:07 | Update: 06 Jun 2023 19:14:55
Japan provides $500k to cyclone-affected Rohingyas, host communities
A damaged market is pictured in Teknaf on Sunday, after cyclone Mocha’s landfall that uprooted scores of trees across coastlines in Cox’s Bazar– AFP Photo

The government of Japan has decided to provide the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with USD 0.5 million assistance in response to the super Cyclone Mocha which made landfall on May 14 and hit Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar.

The heavy rains caused damage in both Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, significant damage was observed to camps hosting approximately 930,000 refugees.

A total of 4 districts, 26 Upazilas (sub-districts), 99 unions, and 429,337 Bangladeshi nationals were affected by the cyclone, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

The intense and heavy wind and rainfall destroyed or damaged shelters, water points, latrines, culverts, bridges, and other key community infrastructure.

This emergency grant is to provide critical WASH services to Rohingya, and host communities affected by the cyclone Mocha through IOM.

Activities will include repairing and installation of latrines, provision of hygiene packages to those affected populations and hygiene awareness/promotions activities.

“I feel empathy for those who suffer from disasters such as cyclones. Japan is also prone to natural disasters and is committed to supporting the response and the Build Back Better after Cyclone Mocha for both Rohingya and host communities," said Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori on Tuesday.

He hoped that the WASH services supported by Japan will contribute to maintaining the hygiene environment and will prevent water-borne diseases which might outbreak after the cyclones.

Chief of Mission of IOM Bangladesh Abdusattor Esoev said they are grateful for the generous support of the government of Japan in response to the devastating impact of Cyclone Mocha on the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox's Bazar.

"Japan's commitment to supporting the response and the 'Build Back Better' approach demonstrates their empathy and dedication to those affected by disasters. Together with our partners, we will continue our efforts to provide essential assistance and support the recovery of the affected communities," said Abdusattor Esoev. 

Since the beginning of the emergency in August 2017, Japan has been a steady supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over USD $200 million to IOM and other UN agencies as well as NGOs in Bangladesh, including through this new funding.