Oral cholera vaccination campaign launched at Rohingya camps

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A boat carrying many Rohingya refugees capsized on Sunday night (October 8), leaving at least 12 dead and several others missing.

Meanwhile, a massive cholera immunisation campaign began on Tuesday near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, aimed at protecting newly-arrived Rohingya and host communities from the potentially deadly disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

More than half a million Rohingya refugees have flocked to Bangladesh since an army crackdown began on August 25 in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a process the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.

So far 15 have been rescued by Bangladesh coast guards and border guards, though authorities say some may have swum to Myanmar. The Dhaka Tribune newspaper said Jewel, a teacher in a madrassa or religious school, fell in love with Rafiza after her family fled the latest bout of violence in Myanmar and took refuge at a cleric's house in Singair.

At least 12 Rohingya refugees, majority children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, deemed a terrorist organisation by the Myanmar government, launched a series of attacks on police and military posts in late August, which led to a military offensive in response.

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Sixty Rohingya Muslims died last month in another boat capsize.

A senior Bangladeshi minister said yesterday that the government would allow more Rohingya to cross the border.

Decades of persecution by the military and extremist Buddhists forced tens of thousands to flee to various countries, mostly to Bangladesh. "And also we have mental health components, so by this mental health component we're going to cover 30,000 persons under these mental health services", said Muhammad Mehedi, field co-cordinator for Action Against Hunger.

The influx has also put Bangladesh under huge strain, with the South Asian country already hosting at least 300,000 Rohingya refugees in squalid camps along its border with Myanmar before the latest surge in arrivals.

This river separates Bangladesh from Myanmar. The conflict has resulted in more than 1,000 Rohingya deaths, dozens of houses burned and countless women being raped.