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IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response - External Update (26 January - 1 February 2018)

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  • 900,000 Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar District

  • 688,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar

  • 1.2 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Key Highlights

Over the past two weeks, Site Management and Protection teams have been conducting an assessment to map out existing governance structures and learn how displaced women, men and various at-risk groups—including adolescent girls and women and girls with disabilities—participate in site life and site decision-making processes.

The assessment will also examine the barriers and opportunities to increasing women’s participation in decisionmaking processes with an aim to improve their sense of overall safety in the sites.

  • The newly formed Para Development Committee (PDC) has started a Quick Impact Project (QIP) in Leda. Site Development and Site Management, together with the PDC, identified and conducted an orientation for the Cash for Work beneficiaries who will repair a road embankment.

  • The Information Management (IM) team of the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) produced and published a series of new camp boundary maps with overlays, topography and drone imagery. Reference maps are being finalized in consultation with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), Camp in Charge (CiC) and the Site Management sector.

Situation Overview

Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 688,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to over 900,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Additionally, with the rainy season fast approaching, there in an urgent need to begin strengthening existing systems and awareness raising amongst the refugee population regarding potential landslide and flood risks. In order to respond to these risks and as part of the continued response, IOM continues to work closely with the Government of Bangladesh and the humanitarian community. IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities.

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