ISCG Situation Report: Influx (August 2017) - 13 Sept 2017

Situation Overview

In the early hours of 25 August, violence broke out in Rakhine State. The extent and implications remain uncertain. To date, unverified estimations based on consolidated field reports of the agencies working in Cox’s Bazar are that 379,0001 people are estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

Key Figures

  • 389,000 Accumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

  • 21,000 Arrivals in host communities

  • 154,000 Arrivals in Makeshift settlement / camp

  • 214,000 Arrivals in new spontaneous sites

Key Observations

  • Influx continued across the border at Lambabill, and Kanjurpara border points in Teknaf. Boats also arrived at Showporir Dwip during the day.

  • New arrivals continue to flow from transit sites (Shamlapur, Shawporir Dwip, Leda MS), host community villages and the Teknaf Metropolitan Area, towards existing makeshift settlements and the new spontaneous sites. The number of new arrivals seen in host communities keep decreasing, and the new arrivals in spontaneous sites increased sharply. Significant numbers of new arrivals are still seen residing at the side of the roads from Kutupalong.

  • The Department of Immigration and Passports continued the registration process since 11 September. As of reporting date, 800 people has been documented. The DIP with BGB and the Cox’s Bazar District Administration are expected to collect biometric data at 12 registration points. Person’s name, gender, age, photo, birthplace, nationality, country and religion will be recorded. An ID card will be provided upon registration.

  • The Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary hosted a diplomatic visit today with 43 people including Ambassadors, deputies and other delegates. They visited Kutupalong and Gundum border point.

  • Planning is underway to install basic facilities on 1,500 acres of land for new arrivals to the north of Kutupalong Makeshift. Support will follow the people who are already beginning to settle on some parts of the proposed land. At the same time, sectors are coordinating response in other settlements and host community locations to reach people with life-saving assistance wherever they are.

  • New partners are arriving in Cox’s Bazar to scale the response. Airlifting of supplies into Bangladesh has been initiated by several agencies. Due to limited capacity at Cox’s Bazar airport supplies are landing in Dhaka and being trucked to Cox’s Bazar.

  • An Indonesian Humanitarian Team consisting of representatives of BNPB, MoFA, TNI, as well as Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture left Jakarta for Bangladesh today, 13 September 2017, bringing emergency relief from the Government of Indonesia. Through the Embassy of Indonesia in Bangladesh, the assistance will be handed over to the Government of Bangladesh (as requested by the Government of Bangladesh). The relief items consist of clothing, blankets, family kits, tents, and flexible water tank in the total value of Rp.3.1 billion or equivalent to USD 234,796, and sent through four Hercules. Representing BNPB was Mr. Junjungan Tambunan, the Director for Emergency Response.

  • As of today, six new spontaneous sites are being identified: Unchiprang, Moiner Gona, Jamtoli, Burmapara, Rubber Garden, and Hakimpara. Note that Moiner Gona, Jamtoli, and Burmapara are close together, to the south of Balukhali; and Rubber Garden and Hakimpara are proximate to Kutupalong Makeshift Settlement. Host communities are absorbing new arrivals, providing them with assistance and sharing shelters in Nhilla, Whykhong, Knajupara,
    Domdomiya, Nayapara village, Leda village, Unchriprang area.

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