2 lakh more Rohingyas may cross into BD: IRC
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has said it expects a further 200,000 new arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar in coming weeks, a new survey of IRC said.
"These figure will bring the total Rohingya population to over one million - only exacerbating an already unimaginable humanitarian crisis," it revealed.
The survey also revealed that a severe acute malnutrition rate of 7.5 per cent, nearly four times the international emergency level and 10 times higher than last year, according to the New York-based IRC.
"To continue to avert this crisis education, protection, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and cash assistance interventions on both sides of the border are essential but contingent on further funding," the survey report said.
The response requires $12 million over the next 12 months to meet these immediate needs and ensure dignified humanitarian conditions, it added.
IRC is especially concerned for children under six months, IRC additionally expects malnutrition rates to be even higher as the humanitarian community comes to grips with the full scale of need, including thousands of new arrivals in dire conditions, a IR0C release said.
"A recent nutrition survey conducted by humanitarian agencies in Cox's Bazar, led by International Rescue Committee partner Action Contre la Faim (ACF), has revealed shocking levels of malnutrition amongst Rohingya children, only further deepening fears of an impending, and very serious, public health crisis awaiting the world's most vulnerable group of refugees," the survey said.
With a global malnutrition rate of nearly 25 per cent, means that a quarter of Rohingya children between six months and five years of age - almost 40,000 - are already malnourished and in urgent need of life-saving help.
"The conditions we are seeing in Cox's Bazaar create a perfect storm for a public health crisis on an unimaginable scale. Extremely vulnerable families with unmet health needs, high levels of food insecurity, limited access to health services and appalling conditions for hygiene, sanitation and access to clean drinking water - all of which contribute to these awfully high rates of malnutrition," said Cat Mahony, the IRC's emergency response director."The situation will only deteriorate with more arrivals and a greater strain on already overstretched resources," it said.