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20 May 2019 description

With disasters uprooting 24 million people a year, pressure grows on governments to reduce the risk, and do more to protect the displaced

(Fixes number in para 18 after IDMC correction to 2.8 million from 3.8 million)

By Megan Rowling

GENEVA, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Warned that Typhoon Haiyan would slam into the coastal part of the Philippine town of Dulag in November 2013, Leah C. Caminong's family rented a room 300 metres back from the shoreline where they planned to ride out the storm.

20 May 2019 description

In Numbers

10,503.921 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3.82 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 92.06 m six months (May 2019-October 2019) net funding requirements for CSP of which US$ 83.16 m is for Cox’s Bazar L2 Emergency Response

1.20 m people assisted in April 2019

WFP Rohingya refugee response in Cox’s Bazar

Monsoon and Cyclone Preparedness:

18 May 2019 description

Doha, 16 May 2019. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and Qatar Charity (QC) have signed today three agreements worth USD 4 million, in support of UNHCR operations in Iraq, Bangladesh and Yemen.

17 May 2019 description

By Alex St-Denis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh | 17 May 2019

Nasima Aktar is among hundreds of thousands of stateless Rohingya — many of whom have spent a lifetime without official documentation — for whom getting an official identity card is a significant step.

“We want documents for Rohingyas. This is our document,” says Aktar, who recently received a plastic identity card bearing her basic biodata, photo and country of origin in a registration drive in Bangladesh.

17 May 2019 description

Cox’s Bazar – Under clear 36-degree Celsius skies, an exhausted Rafiq leans against his house, surrounded by his five children. Glancing upwards, he ponders another sweltering walk down a steep dirt path to haul clean water for his family. A pump just nearby provides water whose drinkability he views as “unreliable” and requires an arduous hillside trek. Sterilizing water by boiling also is difficult because firewood is hard to come by.

17 May 2019 description

Dense, cramped living conditions, poor quality water and inadequate vaccination coverage have left Rohingya refugees prone to outbreaks of contagious diseases. MSF’s preparations for upcoming cyclone and monsoon season are ongoing.

Rohingya still vulnerable to serious health risks

16 May 2019 description

By Omar H. Amach

GENEVA, 16 May 2019 - The large-scale drop in disaster mortality in Bangladesh in recent times was due to a deliberate policy of promoting women's leadership in all sectors, a Special Session on Women Leadership was told yesterday at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.