WASH Sector Cox's Bazar Situation Report, 17 December 2017

NEEDS

Based on the Humanitarian Response Plan the current target of the WASH Sector is 1,166,000, out of which 853,309 are targeted for Water, 914,899 for Sanitation and 1,166,000 for Hygiene. There is now a dashboard on the Humanitarian Response Water, Sanitation and Hygiene webpage which shows the needs by people and by facilities for all three indicators. It can be sorted by site. The most recent infrastructure maps and Water and Sanitation fact sheets are also available on this. To reduce the public health risk, there are large number of nonfunctional latrines and tube wells need to be decommission and repaired/relocated. WHO has started the 3rd round of water quality testing. Thus far, more than 2,300 water samples have been tested at source and household (HH) level. The results indicate that 64% of water sources and 90% HH level samples have varying degree of contamination. In order to respond to this situation, the WASH sector has prioritized hygiene promotion and HH level water treatment although it still requires scale up. A plan to determine the characteristics of the deep aquifer under the Kutapalong extension is being developed. This will determine if there are sufficient water resources of if additional sources need to be found

RESPONSE

Collectively the sector has reported 5,702 tube wells are installed and out of which 4,366 are currently functional (76%). For sanitation, 37,215 temporary emergency latrines have been built, more than 5000 of which have been built by the Bangladesh Military, out of which 29,079 are functional (78%). The total number of hygiene kits distributed are 166,444. More than a dozen partners are now doing some hygiene promotion.
There are currently seven partners doing household water treatment.

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