News ID: 200407
Published: 0725 GMT September 12, 2017

New arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar reach 313,000

New arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar reach 313,000

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has appealed for $26.1 million to meet the immediate needs of some 313,000 newly-arrived Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs) now sheltering in seven sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

The Flash Appeal, covering the next three months, seeks $15 million for shelter and essential non-food relief items, together with management of the sites. Another $5 million will go towards water, sanitation and hygiene, and $3 million towards health care, Ipsnews reported.

 Another $3 million will provide protection for people living in the camps and the remaining  $100,000 will pay for to coordination by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). The IOM appeal is part of a broader appeal (ISCG Preliminary Response Plan) by all ISCG agencies operating in Cox’s Bazar. 

IOM recognized the urgency of the relief operations in Cox’s Bazar by adding another $1.5 million from its revolving Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) to the $1 million already allocated last week. The mechanism allows IOM to respond to humanitarian emergencies as quickly as possible, before international donors agree to fund them.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already allocated $7 million across multiple agencies in response to the ISCG appeal. But the funding shortfall remained significant and is likely to increase as people continue to arrive from Myanmar.

“The number of arrivals and the speed at which they are coming —averaging 20,000 day for the past 16 days — is extremely challenging. The MEFM is allowing us to bring in the technical experts and the supplies that we need to save lives immediately, and to plan ahead,” said IOM Bangladesh Chief of Mission Sarat Dash.

To date (10/09), 313,000 people are estimated to have crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar since the latest outbreak of violence on August 25. Large numbers of people are still arriving every day in densely packed sites, looking for space, and there are clear signs that more will cross before the situation stabilizes.

New arrivals in all locations are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection. According to planners, a rapid, comprehensive multi-sector response is now needed, including 60,000 shelters, 4.5 million liters of water per day, 15,000 latrines, and 1.5 million kilograms of rice per month.

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