Headline facts

  • The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar. They began fleeing on 25 August 2017 after violence broke out in Rakhine State.
  • Almost 700,000 Rohingya have now fled to Bangladesh, with many settling on the hillsides of the Cox’s Bazar region. The majority are women and children.
  • Heavy monsoon rains and gale-force winds are expected to hit the overcrowded settlements in the coming months.
  • UNHCR computer modelling shows that up to 200,000 refugees are at risk of landslides and flooding.
  • Cases of cholera and hepatitis E are expected to increase as floodwaters rise, causing latrines to overflow with human waste and contaminate wells. 
  • Since May 2018, UNHCR has airlifted 10,000 tents and 170,000 tarpaulins to Bangladesh. Over 10,000 refugees have been relocated to safer areas on higher ground.
  • Over 80,000 Monsoon Emergency Kits have been provided to families to strengthen their makeshift shelters. The kits contains bamboo poles, ropes, tarpaulins and tools.
  • UNHCR is leading the response on the ground to provide refugees with shelter, core relief items, clean water, emergency nutrition, healthcare and protection.
almost
700,000
people

have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017


Over
 half of

refugees are children

 
200,000 people

are at risk of 
landslides and flooding 


US $187.3
 million

is urgently needed for UNHCR to provide shelter and core aid relief items 

*Numbers updated 18 May 2018



 

Food and Nutrition

NUTRITION AND FOOD
A Rohingya mother and her children are provided with food.

Food and Nutrition
UNHCR has established nutrition centres to treat malnutrition, covering the needs of 132,700 refugees (as of 20 April 2018)
Healthcare

HEALTHCARE
Purple dye shows this boy has been vaccinated for cholera.

Healthcare
UNHCR supports 16 health facilities,
providing care to 250,000 Rohingya refugees
(as of March 2018)
Water and Sanitation

WATER AND SANITATION
UNHCR installs wells, pumps and latrines to provide refugees with access to sanitation and clean water.

Water and Sanitation
There are 7,275
hand pumps in the Kutupalong Balukhali expansion site
(as of 22 Feb 2018)
Shelter

SHELTER
Refugees reinforce their shelters against the monsoon with materials supplied by UNHCR.

Shelter
Over 80,000 families
received upgraded shelter kits containing bamboo poles, ropes, tarpaulins and tools
(as of May 2018)
Education

EDUCATION
Children can now attend school within the refugee settlements.

Education
Over 135,000
Rohingya children have access to education
(as of March 2018)
Cash assistance

CASH ASSISTANCE
A UNHCR cash assistance program is rolled out in Kutupalong settlement to help refugees cover their basic needs.

Cash assistance
Over 9,000
Rohingya families have received cash support
(as of 8 May 2018)
Thousands of Rohingya families are at risk of flooding and landslides this monsoon season.
"I was struck by the incredible magnitude of their needs. They need everything." Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner.
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Image: Rohingya children shelter under tarpaulin as heavy rain falls at Kutupalong refugee camp. © UNHCR/Paula Bronstein

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