IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response - External Update (2 - 8 February 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
The earth cutting and filling of the Pan Bazar Road has been completed after formally beginning on 21 January; drain work is currently ongoing. Additionally, the road alignments for the Football Field Road West and the beginning portion of the Zone ZA (Camp 19) have been flagged in coordination with the respective Site Management team.
The Site Management team is working on the evacuation preparedness and response plan for the refugee camps and the host communities around the areas of Leda, Shamlapur and Unchiprang. The IOM Site Management team intends to synchronize the preparedness and response strategy for the three camps with the government’s overall contingency plan and long term disaster risk reduction and management.
On 3 February 2018, IOM Shelter/NFI began distributing Upgrade Shelter Kits (USKs) and has reached 2,800 families/households as of the 7 February 2018.
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 increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Additionally, with the rainy season fast approaching, there in an urgent need to begin strengthening existing systems and awareness raising amongst the refugee population regarding potential landslide and flood risks. In order to respond to these risks and as part of the continued response, IOM continues to work closely with the Government of Bangladesh and the humanitarian community. IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities.