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ISCG Situation Report: Cox’s Bazar Influx - 5 November 2017



  • 609,000 new arrivals are reported as of 5 November, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.

  • Since the last situation report on 2 November, there have been 4,000 new arrivals.

  • Preliminary results of a nutrition assessment done in October 2017 in Kutapalong Registered Refugee Camps have been released this week. The prevalence of acute malnutrition among children between 6 to 59 months is: GAM prevalence: 24.3% CI(19.5-29.7) - SAM prevalence: 7.5% CI(4.9-11.2).

  • Despite all humanitarian aid provided, the nutrition status of children under 5 have drastically deteriorated compare to last year. This situation is very worrying. The nutrition sector and its partners are reviewing the estimation of GAM under 5 caseload and working to go at scale immediately (to date 66 OTPs, 4 stabilization centers and 54 TSFP/BSFP are established), while in parallel, investigation of the reasons for such deterioration should be considered.

  • As of 4 November, the Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department has registered 405,700 people using biometric registration.

  • The Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) and the Armed Forces Division (AFD) are constructing access roads. LGD has completed 72% of their 9.25km target, the AFD has completed 5km of their target of 22km - The Rural Electrification Board (REB) extended 9 Kilometers of electric line and installed 40 security lamp posts in the new mega camp area.

  • The Bangladesh Government Social Services Division has identified and registered 22,484 unaccompanied and separated children as of 28th October.

  • During the last reporting period, many statistics have changed due to better data collection and better data reporting from partners.

  • 609,000 Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

  • 332,000 Arrivals in Kutupalong Expansion Site

  • 231,000 Arrivals in new spontaneous sites

  • 46,000 Arrivals in host communities

Situation Overview

  • Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 609,000 Rohingya 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 constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic. They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other life-saving needs. Basic services that were available prior to the influx are under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area. In some of the sites that have spontaneously emerged, water and sanitation facilities are limited or of poor quality, with extremely high density 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 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 3,000 acres for a new camp. People have begun arriving at the new, proposed site before infrastructure and services can be established. Crucially there is limited access to the site and no roads through this site; this is preventing the development of infrastructure including water and sanitation facilities.