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ISCG Situation Report: Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Cox’s Bazar - 14 January 2018

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This report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers 31 December until 11 January 2018. The next full situation report will be issued on 28 January 2018.


  • 655,500 new arrivals (Since 25th August) have beenreported as of 14 January (IOM Needs and Population Monitoring and UNHCR Family Counting).

  • The number of arrivals is holding steady with no significant influx over the past several weeks.

  • As of 11 January, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 971,627 people through biometric registration.

  • As of 11 January, the Armed Forces Division (AFD) has completed 7.7 kilometers of the main road in the Kutupalong Bakukhali extension. The AFD has also completed 2 kilometers of an additional access road.

  • 655,500 Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

  • 548,000 Arrivals in Kutupalong Expansion Site

  • 242,000 Arrivals in other settlements and camps

  • 79,000 Arrivals in host communities

Situation Overview

Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 655,500 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 most 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 arrived at the new site before infrastructure and services could be established. Humanitarian partners are now building necessary infrastructure in challenging conditions, with extremely limited space.