Myanmar/Bangladesh – Rakhine Conflict (DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 18 September 2017)

  • There are now 421 000 new arrivals in Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. As the influx or Rohingya refugees continues, the Bangladesh government has taken control of movements and is preparing a large camp that will accommodate 400 000 new arrivals between the settlements of Kutupalong and Balukhali. Scarcity of safe drinking water and sanitation is visible with is a serious risk for the spread of diseases.

  • Refugees are still arriving and thousands of people are reportedly still waiting on the Myanmar side of the border. There is not enough transport and boats available and prices are very high (some EUR 110 per person).

  • Access to Northern Rakhine is blocked to all agencies except the Red Cross Movement. Most other humanitarian activities across central Rakhine remain suspended or severely interrupted.

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appeals for 16.6 million Swiss francs (approximately EUR 14 million) to fund Myanmar operations to reach at least 150 000 people.