15 September 2017
In late August, a new wave of conflict broke out in the Rakhine State of Myanmar which has led to an influx of people crossing the border. Over the last two weeks, more than 300,000 people have crossed into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Together with the people who fled into the country since 2012, Bangladesh is now hosting about 500,000 people from Myanmar. Most of them are living in temporary shelters and in urgent needs of basic humanitarian assistance.
Rajuma and her family just arrived Bangladesh, she stays in this little tent which was built by branches and tarpaulins with 17 people. The family bring nothing from their hometown and has received live-saving support from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. (Source: IFRC)
More than 150,000 houses were destroyed in May 2017 by Cyclone Mora in Cox’s Bazar which were providing temporary shelter for people fled from Myanmar. Yet to be recovered from the cyclone, ongoing heavy rain and floods since the beginning of the monsoon season further worsened the situation and made the humanitarian situation more overwhelming in Cox’s Bazard to both the people seeking temporary refuge, and the hosting communities.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
Since March 2017, the HKRC has mobilized HK$700,000 to support the International Red Cross’s emergency operations in Bangladesh. Situation in Myanmar has been closely monitored with capacity standing by for support.
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Red Cross and Red Crescent Actions
The Red Cross and Red Crescent are among the very few humanitarian organizations working on both sides of the border at the same time and in response to the multiple emergencies. Since the escalation of the violence and population movement in August, the following activities have been carried out:
- Distributed food and water to 8,000 families near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border
- Supported over 10,000 people in the Rakhine State of Myanmar with first aid, medical supplies, water, food and daily necessities
- Provided food, water and relief items to about 50,000 people in Bangladesh
- Deployed mobile health teams and supported healthcare centers to provide medical service in Bangladesh
- Provided Resorting Family Links service for people who lost contact with their family members
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Over 300,000 people have fled violence from Myanmar, walking for days to Bangladesh, the monsoon rain and serious floods in Bangladesh have brought huge challenges to the displaced people. (Source: ICRC)
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are distributing food, water and essential relief items to the displaced people in Myanmar and Bangladesh. (Source: ICRC)
To prevent outbreak of disease, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have set up water supply systems and sanitation facilities in the temporary settlements. (Source: IFRC)
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society sent medical teams to the temporary settlements, cases of diarrhea, fever, and malnutrition were found. (Source: IFRC)
Red Cross is supporting the evacuation of affected people form the conflict areas in Myanmar. (Source: Myanmar Red Cross Society)