WFP and partners step up to provide rapid food assistance to Rohingya refugees affected by fire in the camps

refugees affected by fire in the camps
Cox’s Bazar – Thousands of people have become homeless and are exposed to food insecurity after fire broke out in the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp on Monday.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners are distributing hot meals for up to 60,000 displaced and affected Rohingya. Additionally, WFP has distributed 15,000 cartons of high-energy biscuits to affected families, including affected members of the host community.
Aided by its extensive network of food assistance sites across the camps, prepositioned stocks, and close partnerships with Bangladeshi retailers and local businesses in Cox’s Bazar, WFP’s rapid food response will scale up to meet the needs of all affected families in the coming days.
“WFP is absolutely devastated to see the destruction in the Rohingya camps,” said Sheila Grudem, Senior Emergency Coordinator for WFP in Cox’s Bazar. “Despite the challenges, WFP is rapidly deploying food assistance in large part thanks to the partnerships we have forged, from national retailers to local hotels and restaurants and of course our humanitarian partners on the ground. It is with thanks to them that Rohingya families have a warm meal tonight.”
WFP is part of a team of first responders from the government, UN agencies and humanitarian partners. As immediate response, WFP’s Engineering, field operations and General Food Assistance teams have been on the ground since the fire was first reported. In addition to that, WFP deployed light and heavy machinery, including water tanks, and Site Maintenance and Engineering Project (SMEP) team volunteers to assist in containing the fire and to support the site management agencies.
At least 10,000 shelters were destroyed according to initial assessments. Two WFP nutrition centres, one General Food Distribution point and two WFP Fresh Food Corners were also burnt to the ground. WFP has closed two other nutrition sites and an e-voucher outlet until teams on the ground can assess the damage to the sites.