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QRCS multisector response to Bangladesh refugee camp fire [EN/AR]

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April 14th, 2021 Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has immediately responded to the recent big fire at Myanmar refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.

In cooperation with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), QRCS’s representation mission in Bangladesh distributed emergency aid to 126 families, or 630 persons, affected by the disaster.

These distributions included one-month food parcels, hygiene kits, kitchenware, and other items. Currently, the mission is preparing to distribute 5,000 food parcels to 1,000 families, in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent.

The fire damaged shelters, public facilities, and infrastructure, leaving thousands of lives at risk. It started at Block D of Camp W8, and due to the strong wind, it quickly spread to Camps E8, W8, W9, and W10.

A large number of shelters and shops were destroyed, let alone health, community, education, services, and aid centers.

As a result of the fire, there have been reported 11 deaths, 563 injuries, 9,508 damaged shelters, and 45,122 affected population. A total of 3,800 families were evacuated to other camps.

There are around 1,500 Red Crescent personnel and community health volunteers deployed to assist the victims, fix tents, and distribute food and nonfood items.

Even though partially damaged by the fire, the health center operated by QRCS at Camp E8 has served over 40 patients and injured persons.

An emergency intervention plan is in progress, with the following activities:

  1. Building 75 medium-term shelters as Phase 1 (pending the selection of location).

  2. Building 200 medium-term shelters as Phase 2.

  3. Distributing 2,000 packs of nonfood items.

  4. Distributing 2,500 parcels of dried and fresh food items (in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent).

  5. Continuing to operate and support BDRCS’s health centers with medications and first aid supplies (in cooperation with the Turkish, Swiss, Japanese, and Canadian National Societies).

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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.