Monsoons hit Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Monsoon rains have started to batter Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, bringing devastating floods, landslides and one unwelcome visitor.

A large python was found by Rohingya inside the Kutupalong refugee camp after a large deluge of rain last week. It was tied to a bamboo pole in one of the camp’s tents and is still alive.

SBS News spoke to a humanitarian worker in Kutupalong – who asked to remain anonymous due to the volatile situation there – that confirmed the arrival of the reptile.

“I heard some commotion and half expected there to be an elephant in the camp again,” the woman said, referring to stampeding wild elephants that have already caused more than 12 deaths in the camps.

Since a military crackdown in Myanmar last August, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to southern Bangladesh in what the International Crisis Group called “one of the fastest refugee exoduses in modern times”.

Aid agencies have been warning that the humanitarian catastrophe could get even worse in the coming months as the wet season brings heavy rains to the makeshift camps.

The region is forecast to receive 2.5 metres of rainfall from June to October – more than double what Sydney gets in a year.

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SBS News – 14 June 2018