Land for Rohingyas not yet livable: Report | 2017-09-25 |

Land for Rohingyas not yet livable: Report

New area lacks communication 5.8m food rations required urgently Population density poses grave risks

25 September, 2017 12:00 AM printer

The land that has been allocated for the new site for providing shelter to Rohingyas is ‘not suitable’ for habitation yet, says a new report on Sunday, reports UNB.

Population movement within Cox’s Bazar remains highly fluid with the increasing concentration on Ukhia where the government has allocated 2,000 acres for a new camp, according to the report.

People have begun arriving at the newly proposed site before the establishment of infrastructures and services.

More importantly, the report claims, there is limited access to the site as there is no road through this site, which is preventing the development of infrastructures, including water and sanitation facilities.

“There’s no road access, and the population density in accessible areas is extremely high which poses multiple risks,” says the report a copy of which obtained by UNB.

An estimated 470,000 people are in need of shelter support that includes people who arrived prior to and after August 25, according to the report.

The newly created spontaneous sites are not yet suitable for mass habitation, with a lack of basic access and infrastructures, particularly water and sanitation facilities, the report adds.

There are massive unmet shelter and site management needs across all the sites, according to the Situation Report: Rohingya Refugee Crisis produced by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners.

The report covered the situation from September 16-21, 2017. The next report will be issued on October 1.

Of all the new arrivals, 429,000 are in need of emergency food assistance. Among the new arrivals, an estimated 55,770 pregnant and lactating women, and children under 5, require targeted food assistance.

Some 5.8 million food rations are required to meet people’s emergency food assistance needs.

Since 25 August, food security partners have provided 4.6 million individual food rations and food security partners have reached 358,979 people, or 84 per cent of the population, with some form of food assistance.

Of the new arrivals, 6,219 pregnant and lactating women, and children under five - 11 per cent of the target population - have received a targeted food assistance, says the report.

The vast majority of food assistance provided is rice and fortified biscuits; only 83,639 new arrivals have received a full food ration. Conditions across all the sites have been severely affected by heavy rains.

There is a significant need for camp management staff and agencies to be identified and allocated to all areas of all sites to ensure basic site coordination is in place.

Since 25 August, 30,000 households with 150,000 people have been provided with emergency shelter kits.

Site planning is primarily focused on establishing basic road access to Kutupalong Expansion Site, as well as the upgrade of footpaths within the site. “Footpaths are being upgraded through community mobilisation activities.”

A site development task force has been established.