Headline facts

  • As the monsoon season approaches, heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district at serious risk in the coming months.
  • The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar. The latest exodus began on 25 August 2017, when violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
  • The vast majority of Rohingya refugees reaching Bangladesh are women and children, including newborn babies. Many others are elderly people requiring additional aid and protection. They have nothing and need everything.
  • Since August 25, UNHCR has airlifted 1,500 metric tons of emergency life-saving aid to Bangladesh – including blankets, plastic sheets, sleeping mats, family tents, plastic rolls, kitchen sets, jerry cans and buckets collectively valued at US$7.8 million – to assist 250,000 refugees. More aid is being moved by sea.
  • Since November, UNHCR and its partners has distributed some 27,600 upgraded shelter kits, composed of bamboo poles, ropes, tools, and tarpaulins, to help refugees build sturdier homes
  • UNHCR is leading the protection response on the ground, as well as remaining lead agency for the two previously existing UNHCR camps in Kutupalong and Nayapara
more than
671,000
people

estimated to have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August


1 in 4
children
is acutely malnourished
 
over 174,008

families have been counted so far.
55% of the total population are children and 52% are women.


US $83.7
 million

is urgently requested  for UNHCR to provide shelter and core aid relief items to refugees on the ground

*Numbers updated 25 Feb 2018



 

Food and Nutrition

NUTRITION AND FOOD
A newly-arrived boy gets fed at a school in Kutupalong camp.

Food and Nutrition
9655
people admitted for malnutrition
(as of 30 Nov 2017)
Healthcare

HEALTHCARE
Purple dye shows this boy has been vaccinated for cholera in Balukali refugee camp, Bangladesh.

Healthcare
54,771
refugees have received medical attention & counselling (as of 18 Dec 2017)
Water and Sanitation

WATER AND SANITATION
UNHCR provides extensive water infrastructure in refugee camps including wells, pumps, tap-stands and latrines to meet refugee's water needs, prevent disease and improve the safety of women and girls.

Water and Sanitation
161,150
refugees have access to water
(as of 05 Dec 2017)
Disaster Relief

DISASTER RELIEF
The newly constructed UNHCR Kutupalong extension site, as seen from the air.

Disaster Relief
198,831
blankets given out (as of 13 Dec 2017)
Education

EDUCATION
Schools are beginning to reopen in both Kutupalong and Nayapara.

Education
19
schools have reopened (as of 09 Dec 2017)
Families

FAMILY COUNTING
Family count gives shape to refugee population in Bangladesh.

Families
18,511
families have received appropriate shelter support
(as of 16 Dec 2017)
Thousands of Rohingya families are fleeing from Rakhine state in Myanmar to UNHCR camps in Bangladesh
"I was struck by the incredible magnitude of their needs. They need everything." Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner.
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Image: Children will be the first struck down by a disease outbreak. © UNHCR/A. McConnell

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