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Bangladesh: Displacement Influx of Rohingya
Created: 26/09/2017 +

Overview

As of 22 September, an estimated 429,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August (IOM 22/09/2017). Rohingya started fleeing northern Rakhine, Myanmar as the Myanmar Army is carrying out crackdown operations in the area. Operations, which have killed at least 400 people, started after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) carried out attacks against police- and border posts (Thomson Reuters Foundation 03/09/2017). The Myanmar Army has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, burning of shelters, and arbitrary arrests of the minority Rohingya population. Rohingya people are entering Bangladesh at six points across the Naikonchari border: Gundum, Tombru, Jolpaitoli, Reju Aamtali, Baishpari, and Kolabagan (The Daily Star 29/08/2017). An unknown number could still be stranded at the border. 

Myanmar and Bangladesh: Rohingya displacement and protection crisis
Created: 08/09/2017 +

Overview

Some 270,000 people have fled Rakhine state in Myanmar to Bangladesh following an eruption of violence on 25 August. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an Islamic insurgent group, launched multiple attacks on government posts in Rakhine state, and Myanmar security forces then launched counter attacks causing mass displacement. An estimated 400,000 Rohingya are still trapped in conflict zones of Rakhine state, where needs are unknown and access virtually impossible. In Bangladesh, the sudden influx, on top of an existing crisis, means needs are high. In addition to the 270,000 who have fled so far, a further 40,000 are stranded in an accessible area near the border after being stopped by border guards.   

Bangladesh: Landslides
Created: 21/06/2017 +

Overview

Landslides that began on 13 June in Chittagong division have resulted in 160 deaths and 187 injured. 6,000 structures have been destroyed, and other key infrastructure damaged. The area affected is in a region referred to as the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Reports indicate that approximately 80,000 people across five districts – Bandarban, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachari and, Rangamati – are affected.

Bangladesh: Tropical Storm Mora
Created: 01/06/2017 +

Overview

Cyclone Mora made landfall near Kutubdia upazila, Cox’s Bazar district, southeast Bangladesh on 30 May. As of 31 May, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department has lowered the danger signal related to the cyclone from 10 to 3, as the storm weakened. Initial assessments estimate that over 280,000 people have been affected. The impact Initial assessments estimate that over 280,000 people have been affected. The impact Chittagong. Vulnerable settlements where refugees and undocumented migrants and refugees, many of whom are Rohingya, reside in Cox’s Bazar have been hit particularly hard. Over 475,000 were evacuated to cyclone shelters before the storm made landfall and people have started to return home. 

Bangladesh: Refugee Influx
Created: 18/01/2017 +

Overview

Three border posts along the Myanmar–Bangladesh border were attacked on 9 October by Harakah al-Yaqin, a resurgent group in Rakhine state which has supposed links to the Rohingya. In response, the Myanmar Army has deployed more troops into the northern Rakhine area, mainly in Maungdaw, and has conducted a security operation. At least 130 people have since been killed in raids and skirmishes. A state of emergency has been declared.

Bangladesh Floods
Created: 03/08/2016 +

Overview

Heavier than usual monsoon rains have caused floods in Bangladesh since 20 July. Some 3,200,000 people have been affected and up to 42 have died as of 3 August. Up to 300,000 people have been displaced in 16 different districts, mostly in the Northern and Central provinces (including Bogra, Faridpur, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Kustia, Lalmonirhat, Madaripur, Manikganj, Nilphamary, Rajbari, Rangpur, Sariatpur, Sirajgonj, Sunamgonj, and Tangail). Most urgent needs are food provisions, WASH, and Emergency Shelter.

Bangladesh, Tropical Cyclone Roanu
Created: 23/05/2016 +

Overview

On 21 May, around midday local time (0600 GMT), Tropical Cyclone Roanu made landfall along the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh, bringing heavy rain, winds of up to 88km/h, and storm surges of up to 2m (AFP 21/05/2016).

At least 24 people have been killed (BDNews24 22/05/2016). Some 85,000 structures, including homes and shops, have been destroyed or damaged (NDTV 23/05/2016; (AFP 22/05/2016). At least 15 districts are affected, with Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshimpur, Bhola, Barguna and Patuakhali among the worst affected (Newsnext 22/05/2016). 500,000 people were evacuated ahead of the cyclone (AFP 21/05/2016).  Returns had already reportedly begun on 21 May (AFP 21/05/2016; 22/05/2016). As of the evening of 22 May, some media reports cited disaster management officials as saying that 150,000 people were in evacuation shelters or open areas. (Newsnext 22/05/2016). The current number of evacuees is not clear, nor is the number of people in need of aid.

Bangladesh: Floods August 2014
Created: 13/04/2016 +

Overview

Since 13 August continuous rainfall in north and northeastern Bangladesh, together with the onrush of water from upstream, have caused flash floods in low-lying and densely populated areas. More than 800,000 people have been affected, including 500,000 displaced. As of 25 August, humanitarian actors on the ground report nine deaths. The most affected districts include Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Sunamjong and Sylhet. 

Thematic reports

Bangladesh JNA Light Waterlogging
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In November 2013, ACAPS supported a 'light' joint needs assessment in southwest Bangladesh, which was a consolidation of the waterlogging situation,  without field assessment, in order to promote a shared situational understanding. This report gathers data on reported needs form a sample of unions in Satkhira, Jessore, Khulna, and Bagerhat districts.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: Waterlogging
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: River Flooding
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: Haor Flooding
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: Flash Floods and Landslides
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: Cyclone
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.

Bangladesh Pre-disaster Secondary Data Review: Cold Wave
Created: 04/05/2016 +

Overview

In 2014, the Joint Needs Assessment consolidation project prepared a series of pre-disaster secondary data reviews relating to particular natural disasters in Bangladesh. Each report covers the history and location of such disasters, their impact, response needs and capacity, lessons learned, and existing information gaps.