On 30 July 2015, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh, bringing heavy rains across the border to neighbouring Myanmar/Burma. The resulting floods swept across much of the country and strong winds brought further destruction along the coast of Rakhine State, particularly to some of the camps where the people internally displaced by the violence which opposed Buddhists and Muslims back in 2012 were living.
Some 140 000 Rohingya Muslims continue to live in displacement in this area of Myanmar/Burma, relying entirely on international aid as they are denied freedom of movement, and therefore have no livelihood opportunities. The largest camps are on the coast, just north of the regional capital Sittwe. Built as temporary measures in the aftermath of the violence, camps were not meant to be used in the long-term. With the already fragile situation, the cyclone has only made things worse.
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Story and photo credit: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash