The first consignment of Saudi assistance weighing 93.81 metric tons of relief materials for the Rohingya refuges in Bangladesh arrived at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport today.
A Saudi aircraft carrying the humanitarian assistance for the Myanmar refugees who crossed into Bangladesh to evade atrocities landed at the airport in the early hours of Friday.
Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Zillur Rahman Chowdhury received the relief materials from the official of Saudi Royal Embassy to Bangladesh Amir Oman Selim Omar.
Speaking on the occasion, Amir Oman Selim Omar termed the Rohingya issue as a security crisis and said it would be a great challenge for Bangladesh in handling the security and food management of the refugees.
"Saudi Arabia would send more relief materials for Bangladesh in phases that include sleeping mats, blankets and food baskets and equipments of making makeshift tent" Omar said.
As part of close cooperation between the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works (KSRelief) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to urgently respond to the needs of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, the King Salman Centre has provided aid in the form of 100 metric tons of food, shelter and core relief items, he added.
The humanitarian assistance would be distributed among the refugees who encamped in hundreds of shelters of bordering points of Ukhia, Teknaf and Naikkhanchari upazilas.
Of the estimated over 420,000 people, who have arrived in Bangladesh over the past three weeks, over half (an estimated 225,000) are still living in spontaneous camp sites with little access to aid, including shelter, food, clean water and sanitation.
Addional Deputy Commissioner Mashukur Rahman Chowdhury, Additional deputy commissioner Habibur Rahman and Airport Station Manager Reazul Kabir, among others, were present.
The aid is directed to an estimated over 420,000 Rohingya, who have fled violence in the northern state of Rakhine in Myanmar.