The district of Cox’s Bazar continues to experience heavy downpours with 222 mm rain recorded between 5 -10 July. It is expected that rain will continue in the coming weeks with about 30 mm of rain per day.
UNICEF and partners participated in the Nutrition Action Week (14-19 July 2018) aimed at reaching 134,000 children aged 06-59 months with vitamin A, 85,000 children with deworming tablets, and an intensified campaign on breastfeeding and age-appropriate feeding practices.
UNICEF-supported Special Care New-born Unit and New-born Stabilization Units (in Cox Bazar, Ukhiya and Teknaf) have cared for 133 sick new-borns from the host community and the Rohingya during the reporting period.
UNICEF in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) and the Bangladesh Army are progressively advancing with the implementation of the new latrine designs; the construction of 30 latrines and 615 bathing units has been completed. 582 latrines and 1,522 bathing units are currently undergoing construction.
The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 60 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. However, an additional US$59.9 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 continue to affect various parts of the country and especially the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Since 9 June, heavy rains have caused flooding, landslides, and water logging. Risk of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) 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.