HEKS/EPER mobilises to help the most vulnerable in refugee camps in Bangladesh
On 14 May 2023, the strongest cyclone in a decade hit the shores of Bangladesh and Myanmar, two of the countries where HEKS/EPER is operating. Cyclone Mocha, Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, arrived in Bangladesh with winds reaching 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour). The Rohingya refugee camps, where HEKS/EPER is working to maintain refugees’ shelters, were in its path.
In the days leading up to the arrival of the cyclone, HEKS/EPER provided equipment and helped the people in the camps reinforce their shelters, specifically by placing netting over their roofs and fixing it to the ground. Our staff warned the people in the camps and provided information that would allow them to reduce the impact of the cyclone on their shelters and safety. In addition to the task force created for the refugee camps, HEKS/EPER is also in close contact with the health authorities in the region so that it can take action if health facilities are impacted by the cyclone.
The damage caused to the camps at Cox’s Bazar was fortunately not as severe as was feared. Even so, over 100 shelters were damaged. “All of our teams are standing ready at our warehouses to distribute materials and help the people in camps reinforce their shelters. To ensure that every emergency can be responded to, we have rented additional vehicles,” explains Shah Liton.