Bangladesh: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018Ongoing
Pre-monsoon rains started on 18 April 2018 near Cox’s Bazar on Bangladesh’s southern coast. A risk analysis released in the beginning of this year estimated that at least 86,000 people were living in areas at particularly high risk of floods while more than 23,000 were on steep, unstable hillsides that could crumble with continuous heavy rainfall. The camp population has risen by some 200,000 people since. (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, 22 Apr 2018)
Over 40,000 Rohingya families in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar refugee camps have now been trained in shelter upgrade techniques ahead of the fast approaching monsoon and cyclone season...In total 100,000 families will be reached through the trainings, while IOM is overseeing the roll out of a similar number of upgrade kits containing ropes, bamboo, tarpaulin and tools. (IOM, 24 Apr 2018)
In case of flooding, the number of people suffering acute watery diarrhea is likely to increase. UNICEF and partners are readying to support an estimated 10,000 people, more than half of which (55 per cent) are children, with treatment for Acute Watery Diarrhea over the next three months. UNICEF is constructing 5 additional Diarrhea treatment centers. One has already opened, two other will open later this week and the two last ones end of May...At least 3 out of 24 health facilities supported by UNICEF in the camps and makeshift settlements are at risk of flooding. This could affect between 25,000 and 30,000 people, more than half of which are children. (UNICEF, 1 May 2018))
UNHCR...is rushing additional aid to Bangladesh where the first monsoon rains have been affecting Cox’s Bazar district and the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees there. The first of three scheduled humanitarian airlifts carrying additional shelter materials arrived in Bangladesh on Tuesday (1 May). Its load, 1,400 tents, is the first batch of 10,000 tents that UNHCR will airlift by the end of May. The aim is for the tents to provide emergency shelter for an estimated 60,000 refugees currently residing in areas at high risk of landslides and flooding. Aid is also being moved by sea; this includes additional tents, 170,000 tarpaulins sheets, and other basic items. Humanitarian partners estimate that between 150,000 and 200,000 Rohingya refugees will be at risk this monsoon season...Of this number, 24,000 people are at critical risk due to severe instability of the land on which their shelters have been constructed. (UNHCR, 4 May 2018)
The newly prepared 12-acre plot is now ready to receive shelters and other key services. It will provide new homes for nearly 500 families currently living in some of the most high-risk parts of the refugee site. (IOM, UNHCR and WFP, 8 May 2018)
In the Rohingya refugee camps, during the period of 14-21 May, over 50 households and more than 150 individuals were affected by landslides and windstorms. To date, more than 21,300 refugees have been relocated from high risk locations with an additional 8,400 planned...Of the 24,000 latrines to be de-sludged, over 17,500 are completed. There is still a need for new de-sludging and solid waste management sites, and there remains a high risk of disease outbreaks including water borne diseases (Acute Watery Diarrhoea, Hep A, Hep E) and vector borne diseases (Dengue, Malaria), due to the poor sanitary conditions in the camps. (OCHA, 21 May 2018)
Between 22-30 May 2018, 503 refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar and at risk of landslides or floods, were relocated to safer areas. More than 660 people were affected by weather-related incidents including landslides during the same period. To date, over 25,000 people have been relocated within the camps either to safer areas, or to facilitate construction and improvement works. (OCHA, 4 Jun 2018)
The first heavy rains of the year swept through Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar district this weekend, marking the start of the monsoon season...Torrential rains and winds up to 70 kilometres per hour caused at least 89 reported incidents, including 37 landslide incidents, causing several injuries and one confirmed fatality – a child. Nearly 2,500 refugee families, some 11,000 people in all, are affected. As of 10 June the rain has become nearly continuous. According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department nearly 400 millimetres of rain have fallen in Cox’s Bazar area since Sunday. This is equivalent to two thirds of the average June rainfall for this part of the country. (UNHCR, 12 Jun 2018).
From 11 to 18 June, heavy monsoon rains in Cox’s Bazar again triggered flooding and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps, affecting 9,000 individuals and displacing more than 2,000 people. Small-scale landslides, floods and high winds damaged structures, bridges, culverts, drainage channels and access roads as well as water points, latrines and other facilities in Ukhia and Teknaf. Weather conditions continue to pose serious protection, health and other risks to refugees, especially to women and children who represent over 80 per cent of the Rohingya refugee population. (OCHA, 18 Jun 2018)
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According to the information of Bangladesh Meterological Department (BMD) & Indian Meterological deaprtment (IMD) , Medium to Heavy rainfall in expected in North-eastern, South-eastern part of Bangladesh & adjoining Indian part with very heavy rainfall in some isolated areas in next 24-48 hours.
Sylhet, Sunamgonj & Moulavibazar:
Rainfall with a magnitude of 40-80 mm is expected in next 24-48 hours in this region and adjoining Indian part. Water levels in Surma- Kushiyara and Manu rivers may continue to rise at slower rate in next 24 hours.
Since January 2018, 9,286 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh, with almost 250 individuals arriving in the last two weeks. Refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh, more than half of whom are women and children.
UNHCR and partners have relocated over 13,600 out of approximately 41,700 refugees living in areas at high risk of landslides. As more relocation plots are being readied and identified, UNHCR and partners are racing to relocate the remaining population to safety.
Risks of landslides
41,705 individuals at highest risk of landslides and prioritized for relocation including 24,126 individuals at highest risk of landslides and prioritized for relocation in KBE
29,650 individuals relocated in 2018 to date including 14,709 individuals at highest risk of landslide and prioritized for relocation
Continued rains affected Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district over 9-11 June, causing damage and displacements.
Over 200 000 of the 900 000 refugees in camps, who fled Myanmar, are still living in areas considered to be at high risk of flooding and landslides (25 000 at very high risk).
Local authorities, along with international humanitarian actors, have been working around the clock to provide assistance, to secure infrastructure, including road access and drainage and improve preparedness.
Chile- Temporal- 11/6/18
Segùn lo reportado por la Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior (Onemi) el sistema frontal que afecta a gran parte del paìs, cobrò cinco vìctimas. Entre las regiones de Antofagasta (Norte) y Los Ríos (Sur), 7.253 personas permanecen aisladas, hay 40 damnificadas y 25.000 se encuentran sin suministro eléctrico, siete viviendas han resultado con daños, varios caminos se encuentran interrumpidos y las clases han debido ser suspendidas.
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Severe weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds continue to affect Rohingya refugee camps over the weekend in Cox’s Bazar.
Heavy rains have been ongoing in Cox’s Bazar since 9 June, causing flooding, landslides, and water logging in the camps where 915,000 Rohingya refugees are hosted.
More than 10,000 people have been affected and about 200 people have been displaced. Shelter and WASH needs are high due to damage reported to shelters, water points, and latrines. Access to the affected areas is limited due to flooding and damaged roads.
Cox’s Bazar – Conditions in the Rohingya refugee camps of southern Bangladesh are further deteriorating as torrential rains that began on Saturday (09/06) continue to trigger landslides and flooding. Humanitarian agencies reported some 29 incidents in the camps yesterday (11/06), bringing the total number to 88 in just three days.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The first heavy rains of the year swept through Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar district this weekend, marking the start of the monsoon season. This is an early test for refugees and humanitarian agencies working to support the Government of Bangladesh on the response efforts.
Cox’s Bazar/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 12 June 2018 – Days of drenching rain have triggered floods and landslides across camps housing hundreds of thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh’s meteorological office says that 138 millimetres (5.4 inches) of rain has fallen since Saturday (9 June). More heavy rain is forecast for the coming days.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Padma rivers are in falling trend, while the Ganges river is in rising trend.
The Manu, Dhalai, Khowai rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the North-Eastern region and the rivers of SouthEastern Hilly basin are rising rapidly.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna rivers may become steady in next 48 hours.
The Ganges river may continue rising while the Padma river may continue falling in next 48 hours.
Five-year-old Harun lives in a Kutupalong camp which houses about 60 000 Rohingyas. Harun’s father took him to the IOM-run Primary Health Care center in Kutupalong, Ukhia, when he had high temperature. The doctor examined Harun and referred him to the laboratory for a malaria test. The laboratory technologist Muhammad Assaduzzaman Asad pricked the boy’s finger to collect a droplet of blood to put it through the malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) procedure. The result was available in 20 minutes and it was negative.
Dozens of Rohingya refugee shelters were inundated with floodwater or hit by landslides over the weekend, as the biggest storm of the year to date hit refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
Heavy Monsoon rains which started on 9 June 2018 have resulted in significant structural damage in the camps in Cox’s Bazar. As Bangladesh’s annual wet season has arrived, IOM is working against the clock to secure infrastructure and strengthen preparedness measures. Category 1 incidents from the 10 June 2018, as reported through the multi-agency reporting mechanism and shared via the communal incident overview platform (found here), indicate the following incidents within the first 24 hour period:
The humanitarian crisis resulting from the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. According to the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) there are an estimated 915,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar as of 20 May 2018. Not only has the pace of new arrivals since 25 August 2017 made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world.
Cox's Bazar - Heavy monsoon rains that began on Saturday (9/6) have caused severe structural damage to Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar Rohingya refugee camps. Over 31,000 of the camps’ one million refugees, who fled Myanmar, are still living in areas considered to be at high risk of deadly flooding and landslides.
On 9 and 10 June, a depression that had earlier formed in the Bay of Bengal passed through Cox’s Bazar, triggering heavy rain and causing flooding, landslides and wind damage in the camps for Rohingya refugees. Over 9,000 refugees were affected by the storm, with five people injured, 194 people displaced and 855 shelters damaged. The storm also severely damaged the access road that runs through the middle of the main Kutupalong-Balukhali camp, which as of 11 June is closed for repairs.
9,000 refugees affected.