Myanmar/Bangladesh – Rohingya Crisis (DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 8 November 2017)

  • 611 000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh between 25 August and 7 November. 428 819 of the refugees have been biometrically registered.
  • A contingency plan has been drafted for the new camps and settlements to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season. The plan highlights the vulnerability of the new sites given the topography, high density and lack of adequate drains. Early warning systems, relocation and evacuation processes as well as prepositioning of basic assistance are not yet in place.
  • The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to deploy a camp/"coordination hub" module offered by Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg and Estonia. The camp consists of 15 office prefabs, four tents, three power generators, five toilets, kitchen and office furniture. The module arrived in Bangladesh on 8 November and was received by DG ECHO staff.
  • The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, is currently on mission to Cox’s Bazar. She was briefed by the humanitarian community, including DG ECHO, on the needs and challenges of the survivors of sexual violence. Protection concerns remain a high priority in the refugee sites.
  • DG ECHO is supporting the shelter sector and CRS (Catholic Relief Services) to conduct a training in Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis.
  • A UN Security Council presidential statement was issued, expressing “grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine State, including by the Myanmar security forces, in particular against persons belonging to the Rohingya community”.