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22 Jan 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

Over 174 000 asylum seekers and refugees currently living in:
Thailand (over 7 600)
Malaysia (150 000)
Indonesia (18 000)
EU humanitarian aid: €2.1 million (in 2016 & 2017)

Introduction

13 Jan 2018 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid,

and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

22 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW as of 20 Dec

  • Diphtheria cases tot. number: 1 841 (8 Nov.-20 Dec., reported in the camps for forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals south of Cox’s Bazar)

  • 22 confirmed deaths among Rohingya

  • Overall living conditions in camps are poor and with extreme overcrowded situation, with lack of medical/health facilities

22 Dec 2017 description
  • Following a request for assistance from WHO and subsequent activation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the United Kingdom offered a WHO-classified Emergency Medical Team (EMT) with approximately 40 personnel and medical equipment to be deployed to Bangladesh. A forward team will travel to Bangladesh on 23 December. The first part of the medical team will travel to Bangladesh on 28 December.

  • The international response also comprises an Australian EMT and Red Cross / Red Crescent teams from Japan, Iran and Malaysia.

19 Dec 2017 description

EUCPM activation

  • A high number of diphtheria cases have been reported among Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 1 474 suspected cases have been admitted to health facilities so far and 20 deaths have been confirmed among refugees.

  • According to the World Health Organisation, health facilities are unable to cope with the current situation, the number of beds is considered insufficient, and the disease risks spreading to host communities.

11 Dec 2017 description

The number of suspected diphtheria cases among the Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazaar has increased to 549, with nine confirmed deaths as of 11 December. The extremely congested conditions in the camps, low immunization coverage of the refugees, the lack of clean water and proper sanitation facilities are conducive to a rapid spread of the epidemic, with the number of cases expected to double every three to five days.

08 Dec 2017 description
  • According to a WHO statement on 6 December, diphtheria is rapidly spreading in the refugee camps in Cox's Bazaar, with the epicentre of the outbreak being located in Kutupalong, Balukali and Jamtoli refugee camps. As of 8 December, over 110 people have contracted the disease, including six fatalities. The majority of people affected are between 5 and 15 years old. This airborne disease is highly contagious in congested environments. Immediate relocation of populations and additional sites and land are required to limit the spread of the outbreak.

22 Nov 2017 description

EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM)

Upon request of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 27 October. Sweden, together with its International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) partners Denmark, Estonia, Luxembourg and the UK, offered camp facilities for a coordination hub of up to 50 people. This coordination hub will enable a greater humanitarian presence and will expand the reach of humanitarian activities provided by partners to the affected refugee population in Cox's Bazar area.

20 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

15 Nov 2017 description
  • Protection continues to be a major concern in the refugee camps in Cox's Bazaar, as gender-based violence, human trafficking and family separations are frequent, and barriers to accessing services are high. Protection issues were highlighted by UNSG Special Representative for sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Patten, during her mission to Cox's Bazaar in early November.

  • A report from the Myanmar military on the conduct of its officers during the security operations denies all allegations that its personnel committed atrocities.

10 Nov 2017 description
  • As of 9 November, a total of 613 000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar area in Bangladesh.

  • Despite the installation of 4637 hand-pumps providing potable water for 520 000 individuals and building of 25 810 emergency latrines, the WASH situation remains precarious in the settlements and urgent rehabilitation of existing water points and latrines is needed.

09 Nov 2017 description
  • Tropical Depression TWENTYNINE moved north-west over Myanmar/Burma southern provinces and reached Andaman Sea in the afternoon of 8 November, weakening.

  • Over the next 24 h heavy rain may still affect southern Thailand and southern Myanmar as well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India).

  • According to local media, as of 9 November, several areas in at least 12 provinces remain still flooded and thousands of people were affected by flash floods in southern Thailand.

08 Nov 2017 description
  • 611 000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh between 25 August and 7 November. 428 819 of the refugees have been biometrically registered.
  • A contingency plan has been drafted for the new camps and settlements to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season. The plan highlights the vulnerability of the new sites given the topography, high density and lack of adequate drains.
08 Nov 2017 description
  • Tropical Depression TWENTYNINE formed over the Gulf of Thailand on 6 November and moved north-west.

  • Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-west as a tropical depression. Heavy rain, storm surge and strong winds may affect southern Thailand and southern Myanmar/Burma as well as several areas of north Malaysia and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India).