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EU allocates EUR 22 mln in aid for Rohingya refugees

BRUSEELS, May 20 (KUNA) -- The European Commission Friday announced the release of an extra EUR 22 million in humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, as well as Rohingya and other conflict-affected people in Myanmar.
The funding will address immediate needs, including protection services, food assistance, nutrition, health and shelter, it said in a press release.
With this additional funding, EU humanitarian aid for the needs of Rohingyas and their host communities in Bangladesh this year exceeds 41 million euro.
In Myanmar, EU humanitarian funding now totals over 27 million euro (USD 28 million) to respond to increased needs since the military take-over. EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, said: "The Rohingya crisis has reached unprecedented proportions and sustained international solidarity is essential to tackle the enduring humanitarian needs." In Bangladesh, over 919,000 Rohingya refugees live in precarious and deteriorating conditions with a majority located in congested Cox's Bazar refugee camps, noted the statement.
About 27,000 Rohingya refugees have been relocated to the island of Bhasan Char.
In Myanmar, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has sharply increased from 1 million to 14.4 million people since 2021, and there are currently 936, 700 internally displaced people reported in the country, while humanitarian access is increasingly constrained, it noted. (end) nk