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Bangladesh Refugee Emergency: Monsoon Emergency Flash Update #4 (10-16 August 2018)

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Situation Overview

  • UNHCR and partners continue to relocate refugees living in areas at high risk of landslides to safer ground. No significant rain occurred in reporting period 10-16 August. The relocation is also aimed at mitigating risks by decongesting overcrowded settlements.

  • Two incidents of landslide/soil erosion were reported by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group across all refugee settlements1 affecting 16 households. A total of 14 shelters were damaged.

UNHCR and Partners’ Response

The Site Management Engineering Project (SMEP)2 continues to repair and pave roads, clear drainages, and implement slope stabilisation works in several refugee sites. As part of a grant proposal to the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), SMEP is supporting the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to identify and prioritise access road and infrastructure requirements in 10 refugee sites together with Bangladesh government authorities and site management actors. LGED will receive funds from the WB and ADB to construct 28 multi-purpose cyclone shelters, 60 km of roads inside the refugee settlements, 19 food distribution points, and 20 multi-service hubs in and around refugee sites. There is work to also help identify locations for markets, together with local leaders and community representatives.

About 69 refugee families (321 individuals) from high-risk landslide areas in six refugee sites were relocated to safer ground between 10 and 15 August. UNHCR and IOM have relocated a total of 24,709 individuals from at-risk landslide areas in all settlements to various new sites as of 16 August.
To date, UNHCR has met its target for Shelter Upgrade Kits distribution to 90,331 refugee households to reinforce their shelters. A total of 79,607 pre- monsoon shelter tie-down kits out of 80,000 have been distributed. As of 9 August, 1,068 Post-Disaster Kits have been distributed to refugees affected by monsoon rains.

In the past four months, Community Outreach (COMs) volunteers have conducted 7,438 sessions on emergency response, including extreme weather risks, cyclone early warning, floods, landslides, health and protection and met with 161,808 refugees.