Contribution to the IFRC's Revised Emergency Appeal Bangladesh Population Movement
The operation aims to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of 100,000 people (20,000 families) who have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State with appropriate immediate and medium-term assistance in a timely, effective and efficient manner. The current priority is on responding to the immediate needs of those displaced with focus on food, shelter, water and sanitation, health, restoring family links and protection, gender and inclusion.With the contribution of 350,000 EUR, up to 3,200 people will be able to meet their immediate needs in Cox’s Bazar.
With the contribution of 350,000 EUR, up to 3,200 people will be able to meet their immediate needs in Cox’s Bazar: they can be receive assistance in the areas of water and sanitation, food, shelter and livelihood support. In detail
• up to 3,200 people can be provided with access to water and sanitation facilities and/or
• up to 500 families can be provided with food, emergency shelter or livelihood improvement options (such as
cash support to enable people to access nutritious food, providing basic literacy training to people or supporitng
them in developing entrepreneurship skills).
In ordern to reach and support up to 3,200 people in Cox Bazar District in Southeaster Bangladesh the IFRC works closely with its local partner, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).
Activities relevant to the Austrian contribution include:
- Deliver safe water through deployment of water purification plants and WASH global response tools
- Distribute water storage containers
- Conduct awareness on household water treatment
- Rehabilitate/construct latrines and bathing facilities
- Provide dry food items and/or vouchers for food
- Organize sensitization on nutrition requirements for children, and lactating and pregnant women
- Conduct a needs and market assessment to identify possible and feasible livelihoods options
- Provide non-food relief items or cash-based options for obtaining non-food relief items if deemed feasible
- Provide tarpaulins and ropes (for each household) and shelter toolkits for communal use
- Provide basic awareness materials on the use of emergency shelter items.
Starting 25 August 2017, people fleeing violence in northern areas of Myanmar’s Rakhine State have been crossing into Bangladesh in massive numbers. Per a situation report issued by the ISCG on 12 September, some 380,000 persons – many of them women, children and the elderly – are estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh, with the influx expected to continue. A bulk of the new arrivals (some 156,600 persons) are sheltering in makeshift settlements and refugee camps, some 188,000 have created new spontaneous settlements, around 35,000 have settled among host communities in Teknaf and Ukiah, and thousands more have gathered at the border areas.
The new influx follows a previous one of 87,000 people during the last quarter of 2016, and has resulted in a rapid increase of population in areas around Southeast Bangladesh, putting a further strain on service delivery and expanding the gap in humanitarian response. There are significant gaps in availability of essential items and services including food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care.
The total amount appealed for by the IFRD is 12,763,504 CHF (approx. 11,026,614 EUR).