Burma and Bangladesh - Regional Crisis Response Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 30 Sep 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Government of Burma partially restores communication services in Rakhine; communication restrictions remain in four townships

  • Monsoon-related weather affects more than 28,100 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in September

  • Tensions increase between host community and refugees following late August killing of local community leader in Cox’s Bazar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • From September 6 to 12, monsoon-related rain, wind, and flooding affected more than 28,100 refugees—including secondarily displacing 10,500 refugees—in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District, where more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees reside in camps. Relief actors had provided emergency assistance, including shelter support, to approximately 60 percent of affected households by September 12.

  • Communications restrictions continue to impact civilians and relief activities in Burma and Bangladesh. The Government of Burma suspended mobile phone and internet services in nine townships in Chin and Rakhine states on June 20; services were restored in five of the townships on September 1. In Cox’s Bazar, the Government of Bangladesh has restricted mobile phone services in refugee camps. Relief actors have noted that the communication restrictions impede humanitarian response activities and endanger humanitarian actors and refugees; the restrictions have also affected local government authorities and host community members.