ISCG Situation Report: Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Cox’s Bazar - 25 February 2018

Report
from Inter Sector Coordination Group
Published on 25 Feb 2018 View Original

Highlights

• 671,000 new arrivals are reported as of 15 February, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Round 8 site assessment. The full dataset can be found here. The decrease is not a result of population return, but rather the use of a more detailed and accurate methodology to estimate total population figures.

• The UNHCR Family Counting and NPM will continue to monitor and triangulate the population figures and report independently based on their individual and complementary methodologies.

• In line with RRRC directives, the Kutupalong-Balukhali expansion site administrative boundaries will shift from zones to camps, with a CiC (Camp in Charge) in each camp to lead daily administration and coordination of response.

• As of 25 February, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 1.07 million people through biometric registration.

• As of 25 February, 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.

• Preparedness for the coming cyclone and monsoon season is a priority.

671,000 Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

671,000 Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug

185,000 Arrivals in other settlements and camps

110,000 Arrivals in host communities

Situation Overview

Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 671,000 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 are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other lifesaving needs. The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, after generations of statelessness even before the severe traumas inflicted by this most recent crisis. They are now living in extremely difficult conditions.

Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the Government allocated 2,000 acres for a 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.