Additional aid will be given to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh © Anna Dubuis/DFID

ADDITIONAL British aid will be given to the Rohingya refugee crisis, the international development secretary Penny Mordaunt announced on Monday (27).

She said £12 million from the UK will provide “urgently needed food and essentials” to those affected by the crisis, ensuring lives will not be put at risk once international funding begins to run out next February.

Mordaunt travelled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and met refugees who fled from their homes in Myanmar.

She said: “Global funding to support the Rohingya people will only meet urgent needs for the next 100 days – we cannot turn our backs on those trapped in crisis.

“Other countries must follow our lead and do even more to help children overcome the trauma of war, reunite them with their families and give a future to the next generation.”

With the new announcement of added funding, the UK’s total support will be brought up to £59 million since August 2017.