Bangladesh braces for Cyclone Fani, UN moves to protect vulnerable refugees

3 May 2019

UN staff in Cox’s Bazar are monitoring Cyclone Fani’s movements very closely for any potential impact on what is the world’s largest refugee camp, agencies said on Friday.

The cyclonic storm made landfall close to Puri, in eastern India, and it’s expected to reach the southwestern part of Bangladesh during Friday night.  

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, are taking measures to ensure the protection of families during the expected heavy rains and strong winds.

There are more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, most of whom fled Myanmar in 2017.

IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh, Manuel Pereira, spoke to UN News’s Alexandre Soares by phone, from Cox’s Bazar.

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Alexandre Soares, UN News - Portuguese
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