ISCG Situation Report: Cox’s Bazar Influx - 3 October 2017
This report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers 1 - 2 October 2017. The next report will be issued on 5 October.
• 509,000 new arrivals are reported as of 30 September, including 455,300 identified in IOM Needs and Population Monitoring assessments in four upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district; 35,000 new arrivals that have settled in refugee camps, reported by UNHCR; and 18,700 reported by field staff in Naikhongchhari (Bandarbhan district).
• MoDMR will start family counting and registration in Kutupalong expansion area from 4 October. The survey will collect information on household size, demographic profile, shelter type and condition. Results from the survey will assist sectors and partners in planning the response.
• The International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) is conducting an assessment in Cox’s Bazar this week looking at potential key field locations for establishment of humanitarian hubs. The establishment of hubs will support coordination at the field level.
• Currently there are 45 partner organizations (UN agencies, I/NGOs) working in Cox’s Bazar district. More agencies have plans to respond but are waiting on FD7 approvals from NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB). The ISC team is liaising with the NGOAB to expedite the approval process.
Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug
Arrivals in Makeshift settlement / camp
Arrivals in new spontaneous sites
Arrivals in host communities
• Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 436,000 Rohingyas across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions. They have used the majority of their savings on transportation and shelter construction, often with no more than bamboo and thin plastic. Newly arrived Rohingya are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other life-saving needs. Basic services that were available prior to the influx are now under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area. In some of the sites that have spontaneously emerged, there is no access to water and sanitation facilities, raising the risks of an outbreak of disease. The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficult conditions.
• Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the Government has allocated 2,000 acres for a new camp. People have begun arriving at the new, proposed site before infrastructure and services can be established. There is limited access and no roads are built throughout the site; this is preventing the development of infrastructure including water and sanitation facilities. There is currently no reliable estimate of the number of people who have settled in the Kutupalong Extpansion Site.
• The Government has established a mechanism to receive donation from private individuals and organisations that are not registered to work in Cox’s Bazar. 12 distributions points have been established to try and curb ad hoc distributions along the roads, which have been creating serious safety and security risks.
• New partners continue to face challenges to obtain authorisation to work in Cox’s Bazar, due to this there are a limited number of NGO partners, hampering the capacity to meet vast humanitarian needs.