• The district of Cox’s Bazar continued to experience heavy downpours during the reporting period with a total of around 800 mm of rain; the heaviest registered on one day - 25 July - was 463 mm of rain.
• UNICEF with partners screened 232,249 children under five years for malnutrition, including the 149,664 children in all 33 camps during the Nutrition Action Week (from 14-19 July). During the campaign, Vitamin A supplement was provided to 250,628 children aged 6-59 months and deworming was administered to 88,888 children aged 24-59 months.
• UNICEF is currently constructing 150 new Learning Centres with a target to have 1,453 fully functional Learning Centres by the end of September. Total of 612 learning centres have been upgraded from temporary structures in various camps.
• UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief completed the construction of 112 latrines and 1,195 bathing units. 695 latrines and 754 bathing units are currently under construction.
• The Bangladesh 2018 HAC appeal is 62 per cent funded with the generous support of its donors. However, an additional US$57.3 million is required to fully deliver UNICEF’s response to the Rohingya needs.
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 19 July 2018)
706,000 New arrivals since 25 August (ISCG SitRep, as of 19 July 2018)
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
The ongoing cyclone and monsoon season, which is expected to continue till November affects various parts of the country and has debilitating impact on the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Heavy rains since early June have caused localized 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.