ISCG Situation Report: Influx (August 2017) - 9 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 294,0001 people are estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

294,000
Accumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

90,000
Arrivals in host communities

146,000
Arrivals in Makeshift settlement / camp

58,000
Arrivals in new spontaneous sites

Key Observations

• Influx continued throughout the day. The total figures does not show significant increase, however it is not an indication that the influx is slowing down. Many new arrivals are still on the move and residing on the road sides, and are left out of the calculations due to the lack of comprehensive tracking mechanism.

• Discussions continue on allocation of land to accommodate new arrivals in the Kutupalong/Balukhali area. 1,500 acres are under consideration, with District Administration to conduct a site visit tomorrow. Discussions also continue with MoDMR, Bangladesh Passport and Immigration department and the District Administration on biometric registration for security purposes.

• The District Administration of Cox’s Bazar today opened a control room to provide support from law enforcement agencies and local administration as required. The contact number of the control room is +88 01615700900. There is intention to include a field post at Kutupalong.

• Local residents of Teknaf rescued four people with bullet wounds. They have been referred to Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital to treatment.

• Host communities are absorbing new arrivals, providing them with assistance and sharing shelters in Nhilla,
Whykhong, Knajupara, Domdomiya, Nayapara village, Leda village, Unchriprang area.

• Turkey has sent 17 tons’ relief and Malaysia send 10 ton of relief items including food and non-food items.

• There is immediate need for food assistance for new arrivals. Most new arrivals do not have or have finished the food stock with them, and the main food source is sharing on the part of host communities and old UMNs. Hungry new arrivals are seen begging on the streets.

• Crowds and relief convoys are causing major traffic congestion in the field.

• Sectors have prepared a preliminary response plan with a requirement of USD 77,100,000 to deliver urgent, life-saving assistance to 300,000 new arrivals.

• The ISCG Rapid Joint Needs Assessment report will be finalized by 10 September, following which a full response plan will be developed.

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