PART I: CRISIS AND NEEDS OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
Since 25 August 2017, targeted violence against Rohingya communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has forced 671,000 people - mostly women and children - to flee their homes. This exodus has become one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
Dhaka, 24 October 2017: Further to the Secretary-General’s Bulletin “Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse”, I would like to ensure protection of refugees from sexual exploitation and abuse by members of the humanitarian community in Bangladesh. The purpose of this statement is to express our collective commitment to zero tolerance of any activities contrary to the spirit and content of the SG’s Bulletin.
This report is produced by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18 to 27 September 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 10 October 2017.
• According to the second round of needs analysis conducted by the Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG), priority concerns of floodaffected communities are food security, livelihood and shelter.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) floodwaters have begun to recede from 30 out of the 32 flood-affected districts.
MoDMR is conducting damage assessments (D Form) in all the affected districts and results are expected by 21 September.
An estimated total of 103,855 houses are reported to have been destroyed and 633,792 have been partially damaged; 145 persons are known to have lost their lives due to the floods.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) floodwaters have begun to recede from 28 out of the 32 flood-affected districts.
An estimated total of 103,516 houses are reported to have been destroyed and 618,955 have been partially damaged; 145 persons are known to have lost their lives due to the floods.
9 September 2017 (Dhaka): Humanitarian agencies operating in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh urgently need US$77 million to assist people who have fled violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar.
(Dhaka, 5 September 2017): Following heavy monsoon rains, one-third of Bangladesh has been affected by the worst flooding in four decades, impacting eight million people across 32 districts. Those people who have lost their homes, food and means of making a living are in need of immediate life-saving assistance. In support of the Government’s swift response and to assist those who have been affected, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$2.4 million to support the humanitarian response.
This report is produced by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 28 August to 3 September 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 11 September 2017.
• Torrential monsoon rains have affected almost 40 million people in the entire South-Asia region including Bangladesh, India and Nepal. At least 1,200 people are known to have died, with thousands of houses, schools and hospitals destroyed.
Since 11 August 2017, heavy monsoon rains have caused intense flooding across more than one-third of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department warns that heavy rainfall is expected to continue. As per the analysis by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), the floods may be the worst in the last four decades. Incessant heavy rainfall brought by the monsoon triggered flooding in five divisions, 31 districts, 176 Upazilas and 1,173 Unions.
This report is produced by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 20 to 27 August 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 4 September 2017.
Monsoon rains have caused flooding across 32 districts in the northern, north eastern and central parts of the country, affecting a total of more than eight million people.
August 16, 2017: An estimated 1.7 million people in 20 districts of Bangladesh have been affected by flooding (1); the second round of monsoon floods to hit the country this year. As of 14 August, 89 people are known to have died, including at least 14 people in the last 24 hours (2).
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), 1,330 shelters in flood-affected areas are currently sheltering more than 322,000 people.
Complementing Government of Bangladesh’s efforts, Humanitarian Partners are supporting the response in line with the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) developed by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) based on the related needs assessment prepared by the Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG). This report presents a synthesis of the main relief activities implemented in the month of July. Detailed cluster/sector responses can be requested to cluster/sector focal points indicated in the HRP.
June 15, 2017: Renewed mudslides in south-eastern Bangladesh have claimed additional lives and further damage to homes and infrastructure. Collapsing hillsides and heavy flooding are now estimated to have killed over 150 people across five districts. Rescue and recovery teams continue to face challenging conditions, and the risk of additional landslides remains high. Road and communication networks between the cities of Chittagong, Rangamati and Bandarban remain cut off due to flooding and debris.
June 14, 2017: Deadly mudslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains yesterday in southeastern Bangladesh are estimated to have so far claimed 135 lives. This disaster occurred just two weeks after Cyclone Mora killed 9 people and caused significant damage across the region. In addition to mudslides, the rains caused severe flooding in low-lying areas, causing significant damage to road and communication infrastructure. Remote communities in Bandarban, Chittagong and Rangamati districts have been cut off and remain without water, electricity, and food supplies.
May 31, 2017: Severe Cyclonic Storm Mora made landfall in Bangladesh on May 30, 2017. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) estimates that 10,074,699 people were living in regions that were exposed to wind speeds of 120 km/h or more, and that some districts near Cox’s Bazaar and Chittagong were hit with gusts that topped 130 km/h.
30 May 2017 (3:00 PM, GMT+6:00): Cyclonic storm Mora has made landfall in Bangladesh’s coastal region at 06.00 this morning, with heavy rains and winds estimated at 117 km/h (73mph). Approximately 2,811,465 people are affected across 12 high-risk coastal districts in Bangladesh. According to government sources, nearly 300,000 people were evacuated yesterday from affected areas on the southern coast and houses and property have been damaged in Cox’s Bazaar. Continued rain is expected which will exacerbate the situation for those whose homes have been destroyed.