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Myanmar/Bangladesh – Rakhine/Rohingya Crisis (DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 4 October 2017)

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  • On 4 October, following the visit by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and the executive Director of UNICEF, the UN issued a revised response plan for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The plan requires US$ 434 million over a period of 6 months to assist up to 1.2 million people: the 509 000 Rohingyas who have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August, an estimated new 91 000 arrivals, the 300 000 Rohingya refugees who were already in Bangladesh and 300 000 vulnerable people from the host communities.

  • In Cox's Bazar, efforts to upscale assistance must be sustained until the quality of response can meet international standards: camps remain overcrowded, the quantity and quality of shelter is inadequate, WASH facilities are still highly insufficient and food assistance remains challenging in light of the high number of new refugees and the difficult logistics. Furthermore, applications from aid agencies to provide assistance are not always processed fast enough.

  • The Government of Bangladesh has started the relocation of 26 000 Rohingyas from Bandarban in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the Kutapalong Mega Camp.

  • In Central Rakhine, as of 2 October, 62 000 out of 110 000 people in 25 camps had received food rations. Concerns remain regarding the backlog of households that are not reached within one distribution cycle. Rising debt levels and negative coping strategies such as reducing meals have been reported, as households struggle to cope given the ongoing restrictions on movement and livelihood activities.