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IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response - External Update (19 - 25 January 2018)


900,000 Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar District

688,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar

1.2 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Key Highlights

  • A Shelter/NFI Common Pipeline has been established, including an application system and supply numbers. Agreements with pipeline partners will be signed from next week aiming to release the Upgrade Shelter Kits (USKs) from the beginning of February 2018.

  • The Protection team conducted a training with law enforcement on "Combating Human Trafficking and Assisting the Victims", attended by a total of 39 participants (27 Police and 12 Ansar — 26 men and 13 women).

  • To foster local participation and decision making, the Site Management team organized initial trainings for the newly formed Para Development Committee (PDC) in Leda — a platform in which all community members are represented and have a chance to participate more meaningfully in defining solutions to the needs and gaps.

  • 184,500 patients were reached with primary healthcare.

Situation Overview

Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 688,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to over 900,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with an increasing need for humanitarian assistance; including shelter, clean water, and sanitation.

New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation.

Key challenges include access related issues to transport materials, insufficient space to build adequate services and facilities, and scarcity of land for planned relocations in Teknaf.

IOM works closely with the Government of Bangladesh and the humanitarian community to meet needs. IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities.