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Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis

More than 420,000 Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh. 

They are living in terrible conditions and need life-saving assistance now, many are without shelter or clean water. 

Oxfam is responding now, providing clean water and other essential supplies. 

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Sheikh Kamran Reza

A boat arrives in Teknaf, Bangladesh with people fleeing from Northern Rakhaine State of Myanmar

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The situation

More than 420,000 people have crossed over to Bangladesh's South-Eastern Districts of Cox's Bazar and Bandarban districts from Rakhine since 25 August.

According to UNHCR, they join the more than 400,000 others already living there in cramped makeshift camps since the early 1990s. Existing camps and the ones newly being set up are inadequate to deal with the massive influx, resulting in many seeking shelter under open skies, by the roadside and in forest areas with little or no protection. Those staying outside camps, in border areas have little or no access to clean drinking water. 

Water supply, water purification, and storage facilities are needed immediately. Due to the inadequate sanitation facilities, there's a high probability for the spread of waterborne diseases. 

  • 20,000 sanitary toilets are required immediately.
  • More than 400,000 people need food security assistance, of theses 140,00 are vulnerable people including pregnant and lactating women, and children under five. A large percentage of the influx population is children under the age of 10.
  • 326,700 people in makeshift settlements and spontaneous settlements are in need of emergency shelters. 60,000 shelters will be needed and land needs to be allocated for them. 

Recent rains have caused flooding in some of the makeshift settlements, and delivery of relief aid has slowed down. Some of the spontaneous settlements along slopes and roadsides are at risk of mudslides.

There is significant internal movement in to the nearby communities and cities as people look for essential supplies and means of survival leading to risks of exploitation, sexual violence, and trafficking. People who've arrived have little or no money. Even in cases where they do have some currency, they get poor exchange rates and have to pay high and unfair rates to buy essential supplies. 

Oxfam's response

Oxfam is responding now. In total, we are planning to reach more than 200,000 people; providing clean drinking water, portable toilets and sanitation facilities, plastic sheets, and other essential supplies.

An Emergency Operation Centre is already set up in Dhaka office and may be moved to a response location later.

Oxfam is monitoring the ground situation and will be flexible in our response. For example, we will provide support to the people who've recently arrived in the Kutupalong. 70,000 people have moved in to the locality so far, and the government may set up a camp. We will also help design the new camp to make sure water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities are in line with international humanitarian standards.