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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2017

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report Inter Press Service

By Mahfuzur Rahman

DHAKA, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) - Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country with floods hitting almost every year, leaving a trail of destruction despite having early warning systems. Now experts say it is time for the delta nation to think more seriously about how to deal with the recurring onslaughts of floods more effectively by strengthening its flood defence.

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Highlights

• In line with the trends from the last four days, the movement of people across the border was reported to have reduced on 19 September.

• The majority of shelters in the low-lying land surrounding Balukhali were flooded as of 19 September due to heavy rain.

• Rain is forecast to continue in coming days, is exacerbating the risk of outbreak in densely populated areas, underscoring the need to act fast and to deliver aid wherever people are across the district.

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Bangladesh is home to the Rohingyas who fled ethnic violence from Myanmar. Near the border of Myanmar in Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar is home to nearly 60,000 Rohingyas in two refugee camps (before 25 August 2017, Kutupalong and Nayapara camps). Registered refugees in the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps is regularly supported by The Bangladesh Red Crescent, the World Food Program and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. About 900,000 other Rohingyas who have no legal rights live in need of assistance in the villages outside the camps.

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  • In Bangladesh, the number of new refugee arrivals since 25 August has reached 420 000. The humanitarian assistance plan has been revised, now targeting 1.2 million Rohingyas and host families. Human Rights Watch has released new satellite imagery which identifies 214 sites across northern Rakhine which have been almost totally destroyed by fires.
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"The sheer number of people pouring in, the magnitude of the situation is quite overwhelming"

By Rina Chandran

MUMBAI, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of midwives have been deployed to camps in Bangladesh to deliver babies and help young mothers among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar and are now living in squalid settlements.

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‘I am very concerned about the civilians in Rakhine who have been subjected to violence and forced to flee. This situation has created great humanitarian needs on both sides of the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Norway is increasing its humanitarian support by an additional NOK 15 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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report Save the Children

More than 400,000 Rohingya – 60% of them children – are fleeing to Bangladesh following a significant military operation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

There have been harrowing reports of civilians – including children – being targeted while fleeing their homes, along with mass killings and systematic burning of villages.

We are shocked and saddened by these reports. Our concern is with the well-being of thousands of Rohingya children who have been affected by this violence.

MALNOURISHED. HOMELESS. EXHAUSTED.

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report East-West Center

by Ruji Auethavornpipat

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 396

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Ruji Auethavornpipat, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “The trafficking of the Rohingya is clearly driven by violent conflicts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Without tackling this root cause, human trafficking networks may continue to operate in the shadows.”

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

IIn southeast Bangladesh, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been continuing to ramp up operations. This is in light of further arrivals of Rohingya refugees and our very grave concern at the still difficult conditions for the many thousands of people who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25th.

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Since the end of August, some 400,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas already present in the country, the new arrivals need food and drinking water, access to sanitary facilities, health care, rehabilitation sessions, and other accommodations. Handicap International is responding to this emergency by supplying aid to families with acute needs.

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report Christian Aid

Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help all communities displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and Rohingya Muslims who have crossed the country’s border into Bangladesh as refugees.

Figures show 412,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district since a fresh outbreak of violence erupted in Rakhine State on 25 August. A reported 210 villages have been destroyed in the north of the state, leading to an unknown number of displaced people within Myanmar.

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Thousands of Rohingya refugees living in an informal settlement in Bangladesh need shelter, food and water.

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh – When her village was torched in Myanmar, Rabeya Khattm gathered up her six children and fled through monsoon rains.

Frequently drenched on the eight-day slog over rough terrain to reach Bangladesh, two of her children came down with chills.

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Highlights

  • IOM’s Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) assessment is ongoing to allow an accurate appraisal of the headcount and needs of the affected population. Raw data from round 5 indicates 420,000 new arrivals.

  • Since the current influx began, IOM distributed 20,000 tarpaulins and 440 Dignity Kits, installed 220 emergency latrines, and trucking in 12,000 litres of water every day to Unchiprang due to lack of groundwater.

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The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar after it had heard an oral update by Marzuki Darusman, Chairperson of the Fact-Finding Mission.

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Bangladesh

Affected areas: Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet divisions

Cause of displacement Disaster:

Figures More than 427,000 new disaster displacements between 12 August and 4 September

Context

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since 25 August more than 379 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar

  • 156 000 are located in makeshift settlement/camps, 35 000 in host communities and 188 000 in new spontaneous settlements

  • 26 747 people have been displaced in Myanmar