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20 Nov 2017 description

Background

WFP is co-chairing, together with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), the Logistics Sector in Bangladesh. WFP, as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, is also coordinating the Logistics Sector in Cox’s Bazar to support the logistics needs of the entire humanitarian community.

19 Nov 2017 description

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$15 million emergency contribution from the Government of Japan to support WFP’s response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

“We welcome this generous contribution”, said Christa Räder, WFP Representative and Country Director in Bangladesh. “This will make a huge difference in delivering life-saving food assistance and our ability to respond effectively to this refugee crisis.”

13 Nov 2017 description

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is redoubling its efforts to address malnutrition among refugees in Cox’s Bazar but warns that a broader effort is needed because clean water, toilets and health facilities are just as vital as food in effectively tackling malnutrition.

10 Nov 2017 description

Overview

The Logistics Cluster enables global, regional and local actors to meet humanitarian needs.

Before crises, we work with the stakeholders in high-risk countries and regions to strengthen local capacities working with governments and local actors on system-wide preparedness and contingency planning.

In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, information and operational services.

31 Oct 2017 description

Following the increased needs to support the humanitarian efforts in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), is supporting the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) by addressing common Information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs.

28 Oct 2017 description

Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UN Agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO and WFP) and Nutrition Sector Partners call for all involved in the response to the influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to provide appropriate, prompt support for the feeding and care of infants, young children and their mothers as a critical means of supporting child survival, growth and development and avoiding malnutrition, illness and death.

26 Oct 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW:

The recent escalation of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar has led to the new influx of Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN). Since August 2017 approximately 600,000 people have crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh. Currently, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily.

RESPONSE

23 Oct 2017 description

Bangladesh Emergency Response

The recent violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has led to widespread movement of the Rohingya population both within Myanmar and across the border into Bangladesh. The newly arrived Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh live in extremely precarious and deteriorating conditions, requiring an immediate and comprehensive scale-up of the relief response. Given the current volatile situation, the numbers continue to increase. 603,000 people have been displaced since August 25th 2017.

FOOD SECURITY UPDATES:

23 Oct 2017 description

ROME – As leaders gather for the Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Crisis in Geneva tomorrow, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, called for access and resources to alleviate the suffering of more than half a million people. WFP has provided food to the 580,000 people who have flooded out of Myanmar since August 25.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • With the support of the Rakhine State Government, WFP was able to resume food distributions in central Rakhine State, reaching 73,000 internally displaced and other most vulnerable populations in six townships.

  • Humanitarian access to the northern part of Rakhine State was severely affected by the August 25 security incidents and the ensuing violence, leaving an unidentified number of people in need of immediate food assistance.

Operational Updates

18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 22 September, WFP activated a Level 3 Emergency Response as 422,000 people had crossed the border into Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State on 25 August 2017.

  • WFP is providing ongoing assistance to the increasing influx of 509,000 people in the form of rice and micronutrient fortified biscuits, as well as SuperCereal for pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 years.

06 Oct 2017 description

An estimated half a million refugees have fled violence from Myanmar’s Rakhine State and are currently in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

While the ETC has not been activated, WFP, in its capacity as global lead for the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), is on the ground assessing ICT requirements and is coordinating with the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), under the lead of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

WFP is working with its ETC partners to ensure a coordinated ICT response.

01 Oct 2017 description

COX’S BAZAR – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today reiterated WFP’s commitment to supporting people fleeing violence in Myanmar as he met refugee families and saw WFP relief activities in the new settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • All WFP humanitarian activities in Rakhine State have been suspended due to access and security challenges following attacks on border posts on 25 August and the ensuing security operations.

  • WFP piloted a school meals programme with 4,000 students in 7 townships in Kachin and Magway.

  • WFP successfully completed asset creation projects in Sittwe and Pakkoku.

Operational Updates