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582,000 Rohingyas enter BD since Aug 25: IOM

72pc of total Rohingya population residing in Ukhia

18 October 2017,Wednesday, 22:51



An estimated 582,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25, according to the UN’s migration agency.

For the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, that puts the total Rohingya population in Bangladesh now stands at 882,000, working with a somewhat untested figure of 300,000 as the residual figure from earlier influxes

From the assessment, it is estimated that 72 percent of the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is residing in collective sites in Ukhia Upazila, said the IOM.

An estimated 300,000 Rohingya were previously displaced by conflict and are living in Bangladesh in makeshift settlements or with host communities.

New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation, said the UN agency.

Poor road networks and insufficient drainage in the displacement sites make it difficult to reach new arrivals with urgent support, according to the IOM.

The government of Bangladesh is working closely with IOM and the humanitarian community to meet the needs of the displaced population.

As displacement continues from Myanmar the humanitarian and protection needs of the Rohingya population continue to rise.

IOM and the humanitarian community continue to scale up operations and respond to the latest displacement as fast as possible which is critical given that many families have been forcibly displaced and experienced debilitating physical and emotional trauma.

The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), led by IOM, is coordinating the Rohingya crisis.

A total of 28 collective sites and 99 locations with dispersed setting in host communities were assessed between September 30 and October 9.

Total of 794,658 Rohingyas were identified in Cox’s Bazar district. This figure has also taken into consideration additional figures collected on a daily basis.

Among those assessed, 51 percent are women and girls, said the IOM.

 

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