Humanitarian needs spike with continued Rohingya influx: IOM


PV International Desk : The International Migration Organisation (IOM) led Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) today estimated the number of forcibly displaced Rohingyas of Myanmar to stand at 536,000 saying their continued influx to Bangladesh spiked humanitarian needs.

“Numbers spiked again this week when some 15,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in between October 9 to 11,” IOM said in a statement as it updated the number of Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh in the past 47 days.

It said the speed and scale of the influx “triggered a humanitarian emergency” in Cox’s Bazar, where close to three quarters of a million Rohingyas now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water, sanitation and other life-saving needs.

Quoting one Rohingya man named Mohammad Yakub, 50, the IOM said eight to nine thousand people now waited on the beach on Myanmar side for an opportunity to cross. The aid agencies grouped in ISCG earlier this week appealed for US$ 434 million as part of a 6-month Humanitarian Response Plan targeting 1.2 million people, including the Rohingyas and 300,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis living in host communities in Cox’s Bazar.