• On 2 July, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim visited Cox’s Bazar. The World Bank announced it would provide Bangladesh with US$480 million for the Rohingya response, including health, education, water, sanitation and social protection.
• The monsoon continued during the reporting period with very heavy downpours and an accumulated rainfall of 184mm between 3-4 July, compared to 252mm for the entire previous week. As of 1 July 2018, 34,032 refugees have been relocated into newly developed sites. 3,000 tarpaulins were distributed last week to reinforce 800 Learning Centers damaged by the rains.
• UNICEF, in coordination with the Government and Army of Bangladesh, are progressively advancing with the implementation of the new latrine designs, which will increase sludge capacity storage by five times. 95 per cent of the sites for the construction of latrines, and 82 per cent of the sites for the construction of bathing cubicles, have been identified; contractors and materials to start the work have already been mobilized.
• The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 60 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. However, an additional US$61 million is required to fully deliver the Rohingya response.
703,000 Children in need of humanitarian assistance (JRP March to December 2018)
1.3 million People in need - including refugees and host community (JRP March to December 2018)
381,240 Children (arrived since 25 August 2017) in need of humanitarian assistance (Based on ISCG SitRep 5 July 2018)
706,000 New arrivals since 25 August (ISCG SitRep, as of 5 July 2018)
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
The ongoing cyclone and monsoon season, which is expected to continue till November will likely affect various parts of the country and especially the Rohingya refugees and host communitiesin Cox’s Bazar. Heavy rainssince 9th June have caused flooding, landslides, and water logging. Risk of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea outbreak remains high during the monsoon season.
The Joint Response Plan (JRP) for March to December 2018 was launched on 16 March, appealing for US$950.8 million, including US$113 million for UNICEF. UNICEF’s 2018 revised Humanitarian Action for Children includes the key components of the JRP, an emphasis on expanding support to the Bangladeshi community in Cox’s Bazar district and preparedness and response to other emergencies nationwide.