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Report: Only 34% of Rohingya fund raised so far

  • Published at 10:13 AM December 04, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:59 AM December 05, 2017
Report: Only 34% of Rohingya fund raised so far
Rohingya refugee women cry while crossing the Naf River with an improvised raft to cross over to Bangladesh on November 12, 2017Reuters

Approximately half a million people are living extremely close to each other without access to basic services, such as toilets or clinics, in a single Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar

Only 34% of the $434 million needed to provide assistance to 1.2 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which includes both the local residents and the Rohingya refugees, has been raised when Rohingyas are still suffering from various problems, according to a new report released on Monday.

“Humanitarian partners are working round the clock to respond, but the reality remains that the needs are massive and urgent, and the gaps are wide. More funding is needed,” said Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Seppo said more land was needed to improve conditions in the congested Rohingya camps.

One hundred days after the start of the most recent Rohingya influx into Bangladesh, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the report on the overall status of the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.

There are more than 830,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, 625,000 of whom have arrived since August 25.

These Rohingyas are now living in 10 different camps, as well as among Bangladeshi host communities.

One of the camps has become the largest and fastest growing refugee camp in the world, where approximately half a million people are living extremely close to each other without access to basic services such as toilets or clinics.

The Monitoring Report, which covers the first two months of the response from August 25 to October 31, highlights the work of the government of Bangladesh, in cooperation with humanitarian partners who are working to provide relief services for the refugee population and Bangladeshi host communities.

Of the 1.2 million people in need, around half have been reached with assistance.

The report also explains the challenges and gaps that remain.

The risk of disease outbreak is high, and the impact of a cyclone or heavy rain would be massive, the report says.

There is not enough land to provide adequate living conditions for the 830,000 Rohingyas that now crowd Cox’s Bazar, the report points out.

It also defines life-saving priorities for the coming months, which include improving nutrition, preventing and managing disease outbreak, adequate planning for the new camps, and improving protection across all areas of the response.

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