DHAKA – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is working with the Bangladesh authorities on a transit centre to prepare for a potential larger Rohingya influx in the coming days, reports BSS.
Quoting Border Guards Bangladesh, the UNHCR said that more than 11,000 Rohingyas have crossed by land on Monday into southeastern Bangladesh through several points.
“…many of them came from the Buthidaung area in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Buthidaung town is some 25 kilometres east of Maungdaw. Some of them told that they fled torching and killings; one boy was seen with a big gash across his neck. Others said they left in fear ahead of anticipated violence,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a press briefing in Geneva today.
The new arrivals have now been moved away from the border areas into established camps and settlements in the Kutupalong and Balukhali area. UNHCR has trucked in plastic sheets and jerry cans for water.
“We are also coordinating with the government and partners to provide urgent services – food, water and healthcare – to these new refugees. To prepare for possible further new arrivals, UNHCR’s government counterpart, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC), has agreed to set up small first aid stations at entry points to provide water and attention for major medical emergencies among the fresh arrivals,” Edwards added.
In addition, RRRC has allocated land to set up a transit centre in the Kutupalong extension site. It will lead preparedness activities with UNHCR in coordination with partners including WFP, UNICEF, IOM, WHO, ICRC and ACF. Basic assistance will also be provided at the entry points.