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UNHCR Bangladesh Operational Update, 16 - 31 October 2018

Situation Report
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  • Priorities identified to strengthen protection response

  • Refugee women lead a community-based newborn care program

  • Rohingya children engaged on mental health

  • Local partnership for sustainable access to safe water

  • Hundreds of refugees verified daily in Nayapara

  • Arrival trends

  • Quick facts and figures

UNHCR, in partnership with Total and its local supplier NF Enterprise, , refilled 1,681 Liquafied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders in two settlements from 16 to 28 October 2018. In total, 4,416 LPG tanks were refilled since the program started on 15 September. The pilot distribution of LPG and cooking sets to 7,000 refugee families which started in August has been completed. The switch from using firewood as cooking fuel to LPG is a concerted effort to halt deforestation and improve refugee health.

A total of 21 incidents of landslides, flooding, and fires, were recorded from 16 to 31 October, affecting 57 families (206 individuals) across all settlements. UNHCR and partners relocated 168 households (686 individuals) at high risk of landslides, as well as families and new arrivals affected by ongoing construction projects in the settlements, to safer areas during the reporting period. UNHCR has been working with refugees and partners to prepare to respond to any potential cyclone emergency situation.

Priorities identified to strengthen protection response

In follow-up to a Protection Support Mission led by UNHCR to review protection mechanisms to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis earlier this year, the team, which also included a representative from the Women’s Refugee Commission, launched their report during the reporting period underlining gaps and recommended measures for the overall protection response. Partners were given the opportunity to engage on the findings and provide inputs and feedback.