Published:  12:25 AM, 12 October 2017

Unicef to build 10,000 latrines for Rohingyas

Unicef will set up 10,000 latrines in the makeshift camps of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Cox's Bazar aiming to provide sanitation facilities for the Rohingyas. United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund signed a deal with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief yesterday in this regard.

Edouard Beigb-eder, country director of the New York-based humanitarian organization for Bangladesh, and joint secretary of Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Habibul Kabir signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides at Bangladesh Secretariat. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, who witnessed the deal signing ceremony, said at least 35,000 latrines are required to ensure hygienic sanitation facilities to the new arrivals.

"We have already built some 7,849 latrines while UNICEF is building another 10,000. The rest will be built with support from several humanitarian organizations," Maya added while talking to journalists.  More than 520,000 Rohingyas, residents of the Rakhine state of Myanmar, have fled to Bangladesh during the recent influx triggered by a military crackdown since August 25.

-AA Correspondent

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