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23 February 2018 05:28 PM
ECHO Daily Flash
Myanmar/Bangladesh - Rohingya crisis
published on 04/12/2017
An estimated 150 000 people in northern Rakhine are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Exodus from Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships towards Bangladesh continues amid threats towards Rohingya from neighboring Rakhine communities, difficulties created by restrictions on movements, lack of access to food and employment, and fear of further conflict.
While access to north Rakhine State remains restricted for most humanitarian actors, distributions with unmarked WFP food, targeting initially 36 000 people, are being carried out directly by WFP, together with its implementing partner and the General Administration Department.
A total of 626 000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, of which 1 622 during the last week. Population figures are expected to increase drastically after the upcoming merger of IOM National Population Movement data and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC)/UNHCR Family Counting Exercise.
Relocation of Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal is again brought up as an alternative to decongest the large camps. The UN is stressing the need for a voluntary nature of any potential resettlement.
There is an immediate need to scale up the nutrition response and the delivery of health services in order to prevent further outbreaks of measles, jaundice and diphtheria in the camps. Provision of mental health services and prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence is urgently needed.
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