An estimated 507,000 Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, including 453,300 in four upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district, 35,000 in registered refugee camps, and 18,700 in Naikhongchhari of Bandarbhan district.
Since the current influx began, IOM distributed over 33,000 tarpaulins, installed 400 emergency latrines, trucked 243,000 litres of water, and provided healthcare services to over 26,000 patients.
The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) already allocated 2,000 acres of land for a new settlement. GOB is working closely with IOM and other agencies to develop this new site. As of now, this site is undeveloped and uninhabitable.
There were approximately 300,000 Rohingya living in makeshift settlements or mixed with host communities throughout Bangladesh prior to October 2016. Multiple outbreaks of unrest in October 2016 and August 2017 in the Rakhine State of Myanmar triggered large influxes of Rohingya crossing into Bangladesh. An estimated 507,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, increasing the total Rohingya population residing in Bangladesh to some 800,000.
Over half of the new arrivals are still living in spontaneous settlements with little access to aid, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Having no access roads to, or necessary drainage in, these spontaneous settlements compounds the challenge of reaching the new arrivals with necessary aid. No agency has prioritized building access and internal roads and drainage, and no funding has been confirmed for this purpose to date.
The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) is working closely with IOM and other agencies to establish a new 2,000 acre site. As of now, this site is undeveloped and has no available services or capacity. Site planners and engineers are working on access roads and layout of this large site to allow provision of services. Until then, services and assistance are still required in the spontaneous and makeshift settlements and affected host community villages throughout Cox's bazar
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