By SK Abdul Khan, Ali Johar & Rashid Khan
Haryana, India (Rohingya Vision) — Four Rohingya Refugee Camps have flooded in Haryana State, India, due to heavy rain last Friday.
There are five refugee camps comprising 400 families at Mewat, Haryana state. Out of five, four camps were submerged in the flood up to four feet displacing the refugees and making their condition critical.
Some make-shift tents made up with Tarpaulin and Paper sheets have totally been drowned in the flood. However, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in India has shown no concern for the natural disaster-hit victims yet.
“All the foods and edible stuffs have been spoiled by the flood. We have got nothing to eat anymore. Our tents have been destroyed. Nowhere to sleep by roadsides!
Electricity has been cut off. Our children can’t go to school,” said Ziyabul Alam, a Rohingya refugee living in the camps.
The flood occurred at the refugee camps in Haryana for the first time since the refugees from the persecuted Rohingya minority from neighboring Myanmar have started seeking refuge in the region.
Although the refugees critically need reliefs and the help of rescue workers, no government authorities, local NGOs and UNHCR seem interested in the emergency issue. No one is visiting their camps to extend their helping hands.
Moreover, the refugees are constantly living in the fear of hazardous animals like Snakes, Scorpions and others that inhabit in the unprotected areas of the refugees.
Mr. Saleh, 50, a refugee in the camps, passed away on September 16 due to poisonous snake bites and subsequent lack of medical cares.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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