WFP Bangladesh: Influx of Undocumented Myanmar Nationals | Situation Report #1

from World Food Programme
Published on 07 Sep 2017


  • Coordinated attacks on 25 August in Rakhine State, Myanmar, have led to widespread violence, causing 164,000 people to flee across the border to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
  • WFP is distributing high-energy biscuits to the most vulnerable populations in Cox’s Bazar, reaching 53,195 to date.
  • As of 09 September, WFP plans to start rice distribution to new arrivals.

In Numbers

  • 164,000 people have arrived in Bangladesh
  • 53,195 people reached with high-energy biscuits to date
  • 52,000 people reached with hot meals to date

Situation Update

  • Violence broke out in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, causing the displacement of a large number of people. In the early hours of 25 August, coordinated attacks were staged against multiple police posts and an army base. Military operations are ongoing.

  • To date, unverified estimations based on consolidated field reports of the agencies working in Cox’s Bazar are that 164,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh. Because the situation is so fluid, actual numbers are not available.

  • There is a high degree of internal mobility as people search for space to make temporary shelters. Three new spontaneous settlements are expanding quickly, with many more people still searching for space.