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Bangladesh – Rohingya Response Operation Overview, October 2018

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BACKGROUND

Humanitarian organisations operating in Cox’s Bazar, in support of the government-led response, currently target 1.3 million people for humanitarian assistance, including Rohingya refugees and host communities.

Since the start of its operation in Bangladesh, the Logistics Sector has supported humanitarian organisations by addressing critical logistics gaps and constraints within Cox’s Bazar and Bangladesh.

As Cox’s Bazar braces for cyclone season, intra and cross-sectoral plans to scale up the response in case of a cyclone are being finalised.

HIGHLIGHTS

• During October, more than 4,502m3 of relief items were stored in the logistics hubs in Madhu Chara and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. Amongst the items were blankets, hygiene kits, tents and solar lamps.

• The first phase of the rehabilitation of the Ukhiya Logistics Hub commenced on 4 October as organisations began to release the humanitarian cargo stored at the hub. With the Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) emptied, dismantling of the MSUs commenced on 15 October and was fully completed by 31 October. The land will be returned and improved to the Ukhiya Degree College after its use as a logistics hub for the humanitarian community for the past 12 months.

• As part of the Cyclone Response Planning for Cox’s Bazar, the Logistics Sector has commenced preparations to protect relief cargo from heavy rains and strong winds. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preparing stored relief items and MSUs during a cyclonic event have been developed and shared with humanitarian organisations for consideration with their individual Cyclone Preparedness activities.

• The 20 containers that were previously loaned to organisations to preposition items during monsoon season remain available across seven locations to be used during cyclone season. An additional 10 containers will be made available for use at the Madhu Chara Logistics & Engineering Hub for humanitarian agencies for prepositioned stock.