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Bangladesh Refugee Emergency: Monsoon Emergency Flash Update #3 (9 August 2018)

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Situation Overview

  • There was minimal rain in Cox’s Bazar between 3 and 9 August 2018, during which three incidents, including a landslide, flood, and a fire, were reported by the InterSector Coordination Group across all the refugee settlements, affecting 24 households. There was no reported damage to shelters during this period.

  • UNHCR is gearing up preparedness for monsoon and cyclone emergencies through awareness raising and information campaigns by trained Community Outreach Members (COMs) refugee volunteers.

  • Relocations of refugees living in areas at high-risk of landslides continue this week to mitigate risks from monsoon rains and decongest the overcrowded settlements.

UNHCR and Partners’ Response

  • Taking advantage of the break between heavy monsoon storms, the Site Management Engineering Project (SMEP) team continued repairing and paving roads, clearing drainages, and implementing slope stabilisation works in several sites affected by the recent monsoon rains. The team also finished paving road access to two areas in refugee settlements located in the Teknaf sub-district, south of Cox’s Bazar. The SMEP team started mapping roads in Teknaf with the local Government engineering department.

  • Around 106 Rohingya families (436 ) from highrisk landslide areas were relocated to Camp 4 Extension (west of Kutupalong settlement) between 3 and 8 August. A total of 2,676 individuals from at-risk areas have been relocated to this site by UNHCR as of 8 August.

  • During the reporting period, Protection Emergency Response Units (PERUs), an inter-agency emergency rapid response team under the framework of the Protection Sector Working Group led by UNHCR, remained on standby for quick deployment in close cooperation with key actors on the ground to assess protection needs/risks, provide psychological first aid, and make service referrals. Protection partners continued to support inter-sector efforts to relocate households at risk of landslides and flooding by identifying persons with specific needs and accompanying them to relocation sites.