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Message from the WFP Representative
2017 marked another year of progress for Bangladesh. The country met the Least Developed Country (LDC) graduation requirements for the first time, meaning that LDC graduation could be formalized as soon as 2021. Bangladesh moved up in the Human Development Index rankings (to 142). GDP growth for 2017 was an impressive 7.3 percent. The Government of Bangladesh has shown strong commitment to development and has the results to show for it, as a member of lower middle-income countries since 2016, according to the World Bank.
Humanitarian organisations operating in Cox’s Bazar, in support of the government-led response, currently target 1.3 million people for humanitarian assistance, including Rohingya refugees and host communities.
Since the start of its operation in Bangladesh, the Logistics Sector has supported organisations by ensuring critical logistics gaps do not hamper the response.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
On 30 May 2017, tropical cyclone (TC) Mora made landfall in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, with a maximum wind speed of 130 km/h. The cyclone crossed north and several hours later passed through Chattagram division. According to a situation report dated 31 May 2017 of Bangladesh’s Department of Disaster Management (DDM), seven people lost their lives and more than 50,000 houses were damaged in Chattagram (former Chittagong) and Cox’s Bazar districts.
Context: Why is Bangladesh Vulnerable to Disasters?
Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, as well as one of the most disaster prone.
Bangladesh’s flat topography, low-lying and climatic features, combined with its population density and socio-economic environment, make it highly susceptible to many natural hazards, including floods, droughts, cyclones and earthquakes.
IN THIS UPDATE:
UNHCR continues expanding support to host communities
Refugee volunteers greatly supporting the monsoon response
Progress on refugee registration and verification
IN THIS UPDATE:
Refugees continue to arrive from Myanmar
Refugee verification exercise
Inauguration of camp leaders
Refugees relocated to new Camp 4 Extension
Emergency relocations in Chakmarkul for monsoon
UNHCR’s chief visits Rohingya settlements
Landslides, flooding, and waterlogging from very heavy monsoon rains affected roads, shelters, and camp services in refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar from 10-15 June. Since 11 May, monsoon weather has damaged some 3,310 shelters, 22 water points and 300 latrines, impacting the lives of over 28,450 refugees, with 1 death and 32 injuries.
The resources on this page are intended to help explain the cyclone early warning signals that are being used in the camps; and give Rohingya people advice about how to prepare, at each warning level. The resources are based on common messages developed by the Cox's Bazar Emergency Communication Group in collaboration with the Cyclone Preparedness Programme. All flashcards come with guidance text (in Bangla) to help fieldworkers use the tool.
Since January 2018, 9,286 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh, with almost 250 individuals arriving in the last two weeks. Refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh, more than half of whom are women and children.
UNHCR and partners have relocated over 13,600 out of approximately 41,700 refugees living in areas at high risk of landslides. As more relocation plots are being readied and identified, UNHCR and partners are racing to relocate the remaining population to safety.
The main objectives of this report are to (i) assess the current state-of-the-art tools and operational practices in tropical cyclone and storm surge forecasting, (ii) assess existing operational practices at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and regionally, and (iii) propose recommendations for improvements in the lead times of tropical cyclone forecasts for Bangladesh.
Sweden Ambassador Ms Charlotta Schlyter and Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation, Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, Ms Anne-Charlotte Malm visited Deluti Union Parishad of Paikgacha Upazila in Khulna District on 01 June 2018 to see the initiative of Gender Responsive Climate Change Adaptation.
The visiting team also included Mr. Göran Schill, Controller, Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, Mr. Reazul Islam, Controller, Swedish Embassy in Dhaka and representatives from UNDP.
Shongjog has a study to understand the information and communication needs of communities in flood prone riverine and cyclone prone coastal areas of Bangladesh.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Today, the United States announced more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $299 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
On 13 April, UNHCR and Bangladesh signed a MoU, which provides the framework for voluntary, safe, and dignified returns of refugees once conditions in Myanmar are conducive. UNHCR does not believe that current conditions in Rakhine State are currently conducive to returns.
More than 2000 families have been relocated for their safety due to risk of landslide or flooding, and relocations of new arrivals from the UNHCR Transit Centre moving to the main Kutupalong settlement.
UK pledges fresh humanitarian support for Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The UK today (Monday May 7 2018) pledges fresh humanitarian support for the Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The support comes ahead of the looming cyclone and monsoon season, and includes help to vaccinate almost one million people against deadly cholera.
Description of the disaster
Since 25 August 2017, 671,000 people, the majority of whom are women and children, have fled violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar and have crossed the border to seek shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The newly displaced people is an addition to the 212,538 people who had already fled from Rakhine state, Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in successive displacement flows in the last few decades. In total, there are an estimated 884,000 people from Rakhine in Cox’s Bazar.
Christian Aid is working around the clock to help those who have fled Myanmar to the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to prepare for the coming cyclone and monsoon season.
Flooding, landslides and cyclones are expected which will destroy many of the temporary shelters set up since the mass movement of people started when violence escalated in Myanmar last August. Since then, about 687,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh.