Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Key challenges include the recent diphtheria outbreak (over 900 reported cases as per 13 December); demarcation and construction on land without prior engagement with Site Management, leading to confusion; lack of access to food amongst Rohingya refugees in certain camp areas, and limited access to, and inadequate, WASH services.
IOM is working closely with the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and the humanitarian community to meet the needs of the displaced population. IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities.