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Bangladesh: Population Movement Federation-Wide Situation Update

September 20, 2017

Bangladesh: Population Movement Federation-Wide Situation

Update Starting 25 August 2017, people fleeing violence in northern areas of MyanmarÔÇÖs Rakhine State have been crossing into Bangladesh in massive numbers. A situation report issued by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) on 16 September, reported some 412,000 (16 Sep, ISCG) persons, many of them women and children, are estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh. The bulk of the new arrivals are sheltering in makeshift settlements, and spontaneous settlements in CoxÔÇÖs Bazaar and Bandaran Districts. A growing number of people have congregated on the sides of roads without access to shelter or latrines and others are displaced in no man's land, with the bulk on the Myanmar side of the border. This is an evolving, complex migration scenario with numbers increasing daily. Existing humanitarian infrastructure is stretched to breaking point. International organizations have identified access to clean water, shelter, sanitation and hygiene, medical care, food, and protection as the most urgent needs for the new arrivals. Humanitarian agencies have started to provide basic assistance of food, water, and shelter to meet immediate needs but urgent scale up is needed. Government of Bangladesh has developed a plan to build 14,000 shelters (each accommodating 6 families) in a 2,000-acre camp in the Kutupalong/Balukhali area where all new refugees will be relocated. Registration of arrivals has commenced. Army has deployed to support logistics from Chittagong Airport. The Prime MinisterÔÇÖs Office hosted a meeting in which it was clarified that the National Taskforce would remain in place, with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief playing a strong operational role and lead in Shelter and Site Management.

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Communication Team, BDRCS