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'Wave of humanity' puts aid agencies to the test in BangladeshHow do you feed and shelter nearly half a million traumatized people who have made their way, over the course of just one month, to a spit of monsoon-soaked land where 300,000 refugees are already living in squalor? About 480,000 men, women and children have arrived in Cox's Bazar since the end of August, according to United Nations estimates.Meeting the needs of such a vast number – indefinitely, because there is nowhere else for them to go – in one of the poorest regions of a poor country is a logistical nightmare for the Bangladesh government, U.N. agencies and aid organizations.That prompted improvements in infrastructure and coordination in Cox's Bazar, the United Nations' local chief coordinator Robert Watkins said.475 tons of aid have arrived at Chittagong airport north of Cox's Bazar, much of it from Muslim-majority countries shocked by the killings and torching of villages in northwestern Rakhine, which U.N. officials have branded ethnic cleansing.Bangladesh hopes to make room for new arrivals by building a 2,000-acre camp in the Ukhia area of Cox's Bazar.
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