Damage and loss
61,191 PEOPLE AFFECTED
12,413 SHELTERS DAMAGED
1,611 COMMUNITY FACILITIES DAMAGED
1,517 WASH FACILITIES
54 DAMAGED LEARNING CENTRES DAMAGED
16 CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES DAMAGED
563 PEOPLE INJURED
45,122 PEOPLE DISPLACED
Response highlights till date
203,000 litres of drinking water provided
2,224 people received emergency medical support
32,032 people received psychological first-aid
94,194 meals provided for lunch and dinner
287 separated children reunited with their parents
Overall humanitarian context and needs
The fire in the Rohingya camps has forced families to abandon their houses and seek shelter elsewhere. The populations affected have spent the last four years rebuilding their lives. They lost everything in the fire and are currently living in makeshift tents and temporary community centres.
As a response partner, BRAC has been providing emergency assistance and protection to 60,000 people of the Rohingya community who lost their shelters and belongings in the fire. BRAC has also supported 150 families of the host community with temporary shelter items. The ongoing recovery phase still requires repairing and renovating infrastructures and shelters, ie the WASH facilities, healthcare services, and children and women-friendly spaces. There are still critical needs for relief items for families affected. Moreover, protection items like night lights are still limited that restricts mobility among women and girls. Safety measures at the temporary facilities and the fire debris still scattered across the camps also need to be addressed urgently.
The populations affected have been through immense trauma from the fire incident. Four other small fires broke out in the camps after 22 March 2021, heightening the state of fear and anxiety amongst the camp dwellers. In addition, the COVID-19 impacted mobility of humanitarian actors and increased health risks among both the populations affected and the humanitarian workers. More rigorous disaster preparedness, risk mitigation, ecological restoration, and close monitoring of the forecasting of any rapid changes in the situational weather need to be considered for future response planning and programming.