A large fire in Nayapara Registered Camp broke out on 14 January, destroying more than 550 shelters and leaving 3,500 people without homes. Fortunately, no deaths or serious injuries were reported. Aid agencies assisted authorities to respond to the incident, providing medical care, shelter kits and emergency food assistance.
During the month of January, 14 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Rohingya refugee camps, with no new deaths reported. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Bangladesh last year, the total number of confirmed cases in the camps is 381, with 10 deaths. 104 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases of Bangladeshis in Cox’s Bazar District were identified in January, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the District to 5,505, with 73 deaths.1
On 29 and 30 January, the Government of Bangladesh relocated a third group of refugees, totaling 3,244 individuals, from the camps in Cox’s Bazar to the island of Bhasan Char. A total of 6,736 refugees had been relocated to the island by the end of January. The humanitarian community - which was not involved in the relocation process - has reiterated its readiness to undertake protection and technical assessments on the island, pending the approval of the Government, and engage in a constructive dialogue on the matter.