Look at this scene from Kutupalong—a temporary home to more than half a million people. Families from Myanmar’s Rakhine state fled their homes and are seeking safety here, in Bangladesh. They’re living on unstable hillsides in structures made of bamboo, plastic sheeting, cardboard, and sometimes under corrugated iron sheeting.
As monsoon season approaches, aid agencies are fearing the worst: powerful cyclones that bring high winds and heavy rain.
The American Red Cross has already been working alongside global Red Cross and Red Crescent teams to provide lifesaving aid to the families. Now, we’re ramping up our aid and preparedness efforts.
We’re training hundreds of camp residents and local community members on disaster preparedness, first aid, early warning systems, and other lifesaving skills. We're supporting disaster simulation drills and equipping volunteers to warn fellow residents of danger via mega phones, a flag system, and even loudspeakers at mosques.
As monsoon season threatens families, the Red Cross and Red Crescent is doing what it can to keep families safe, healthy, and prepared for anything that may come their way.