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WFP Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Response | Situation Report #24 (15 March 2019)

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers (Inter-sector Coordination Group)

745,000 refugee arrivals since August 2017.
15,247 refugee arrivals since January 2018.

During February:

890,000 refugees received food assistance
126,538 families received in-kind food
66,577 families received e-voucher assistance


  • Over 60 percent of the refugee population have received WFP assistance card (powered by SCOPE), which will facilitate access to evoucher modality from general food assistance.

  • The SCOPE card distribution also enables expansion of WFP’s multi-wallet services to other humanitarian partners, including Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution and WASH NFIs (soap) in collaboration with UNICEF.

  • An inter-agency All-male Cooking Competition was organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day in WFP campus. This reinforced the interlinkages between food security, environmental sustainability and gender parity.

Situation Update

  • Recently as reported, the Government of Bangladesh has expressed its intent to action upon the relocation plan of Rohingya refugees to Bhasanchar island.

  • Cox’s Bazar remains extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones and floods. WFP is ramping up its emergency preparedness and response mechanisms for the forthcoming cyclone season: rehabilitating cyclone shelters, strengthening roads and prepositioning relief items in strategic storage space in the camps and warehouses across Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar town.

Cyclone and Monsoon Preparedness

  • WFP continues to support Government line ministries and local departments, to strengthen existing modalities for steadfast and robust action in case of natural disasters. In this regard, WFP is partaking in an inter-agency simulation exercise aimed to reinforce the emergency preparedness mechanisms.

  • WFP engages in slope and hill stabilization to fasten relocation of the population most at-risk of landslides and floods in the camps, as part of the inter-agency Site Maintenance Engineering Project (SMEP). Further, structural reinforcement of WFP supply lines (distribution centres), drainage and canal excavation in the camps, bridge and drainage channel construction works are ongoing.

** WFP’s Rapid Response Plan**

  • WFP has adopted an agile response, adopting most effective and context-specific modalities for assistance and common service delivery to address the needs of the population that is vulnerable to disasters.

  • In the immediate aftermath, WFP is providing high energy biscuits (HEB) ration and one-off inkind food assistance ration (rice, pulses and oil). Cooked meals are also provided where access to essential resources and sustainable fuel is limited.

  • Additionally, WFP provides three week ration to displaced/relocated families, new arrivals and protection referrals as part of its rapid response. In the first 24 hours HEBs and one-off food ration is provided in the next 72 hours. Eventually these families are integrated to routine general food assistance programme in the closest distribution point within three weeks.