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Influx tops 400,000; humanitarian crisis stalking camps

17 Sep,2017



Dhaka, BdChronicle:


Some 409,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh till September 10 seeking refuge in the face of a military crackdown against them in Myanmar, says the latest report

 

Of them, 229,000 Rohingyas are living in new makeshift settlements at Ukhia and Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazar, while 159,000 moved into the makeshift camps set up by the Rohingyas prior to the influx that began on August 25.

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) published the report with latest figures on Friday.

 

Some 21,000 Rohingyas are living with the local host communities, but they are moving to other sites, said the report prepared and updated by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), an umbrella network of smaller humanitarian assistance agencies led by the IOM.

 

In its observations, ISCG said biometric registration by the Department of

Immigration and Passports and local administration is ongoing, with crowds of arrivals waiting in line to be registered.

 

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), local residents and camp committees in the pre-existing makeshift settlements are continuing to direct new arrivals to the new spontaneous settlements. Significant numbers of new arrivals observed along the roadsides at Kutupalong and thousands of new arrivals are reportedly taking shelter in the Teknaf urban area, said the report made by ISCG.

 

The number of new arrivals observed in host communities is decreasing, and have been observed moving to other sites. Nevertheless significant numbers of new arrivals remain in local communities and have formed urban and rural slums.

 

Six people from the local community who were self-identified camp managers at Moiner Gona and were charging people for land and shelter, have been arrested and imprisoned for 15 days.

 

Two children and one woman were injured in a stampede during an unauthorised clothing distribution on the road in Balukhali Pan Bazar area, said the report adding private distributions of relief items continue in the area despite local regulations and the control room established.

 

The prices of household items, rent, public transportation fares and labour in Teknaf and Ukiah district towns have increased, according to the report. 

Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital opened up a separate ward and surgery unit for the new arrivals as high number of injured with gunshot and diarrhea patients got admitted there.

 

The Prime Minister’s Office hosted a meeting in which it was clarified that the National Taskforce would remain in place, with MoDMR/RRRC playing a strong operational role and leading in Shelter and Site Management, the ISCG report added.

 

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