ISCG Monsoon Emergency Response Update - Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (18 - 24 July 2018)
During the reporting week, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 129 mm of rain in Cox’s Bazar compared to the 115 mm received in the previous week. In anticipation of heavy rains, a meeting with the participation of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and Senior Coordinator of the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) was held on 18 July, to review the status of the Emergency Control Room (ECR), to identify actions to respond to a large-scale emergency and to fine-tune response coordination mechanisms. Furthermore, on 21 July a 3-day table top simulation exercise, led by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) & WFP, with the engagement of ISCG for technical inputs and ground perspective was held in Cox’s Bazaar with the participation of some 70 representatives from three Upazilas (Moheshkhali, Ramu and Cox’s Bazar/Sadar) and various district entities including the Armed Forces Division (AFD), Navy, Air Force, Scouts, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), etc. As of the time of reporting, due to heavy rains of over 460 mm during the last 21 hours, the four pillars of the DC’s Emergency Control Room (DC, RRRC, AFD and ISCG), met to review the ongoing situation on the ground and to identify the immediate course of action. In order to strengthen existing support systems at the camp level and allow further prepositioning of necessary resources, restrictions on humanitarian access to camps after 5 pm will be relaxed for the next three days.