GENEVA / ROHINGYA REFUGEES UPDATE

12-Sep-2017 00:02:23
The UN migration agency (IOM) said the deepening crisis of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh continues to overwhelm humanitarian agencies and has exceeded their initial predictions for emergency planning. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / ROHINGYA REFUGEES UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

12 SEPTEMBER 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Press Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Leonard Doyle, Spokesperson, International Organisation for Migration (IOM):
“What we are finding is that the predictions or the expectations were that there might be, this is some time back, they needed to make provisions for perhaps 100,000 people in an emergency. As you can tell with 313,000 so far in this period, the system is clearly at full stretch and needs all the support it can get if all of these very vulnerable refugees are to be looked after appropriately.”
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“A major UNHCR humanitarian airlift with emergency relief supplies for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is now underway. The first flight arrived in Dhaka just before 4:30 this morning. It was a UNHCR chartered Boeing 777 plane. It flew in with 91 metric tonnes of aid. This was primarily shelter material, gerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats, and other basic and essential items for a situation of this kind from our stockpile in Dubai.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“A second flight, this one donated to UNCHR by the United Arab Emirates, is scheduled to arrive around about now. This brings in some 1,700 family tents. These two flights are meant to meet the immediate needs of about 25,000 refugees. Further flights are being planned delivering, at this stage, emergency aid for some 120,000 refugees in total.”
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bettina Luescher, Spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“We are of course extremely concerned about the situation of the women and children. They are arriving hungry. They are arriving malnourished. They are, as in any crisis, the most vulnerable. We have given them special high nutrient porridge made of wheat and soy flower. Starting on last Saturday we began distributing 25 kilos of rice to the newly arrived families in the registered camps and in the makeshift settlements. More than 60,000 people have received rice so far.”
10. Med shots, journalists
STORYLINE
The UN migration agency (IOM) said the deepening crisis of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh continues to overwhelm humanitarian agencies and has exceeded their initial predictions for emergency planning.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (12 Sep), IOM spokesperson Leonard Doyle said humanitarian had expected to provide aid to some 100,000 people in an emergency, but with 313,000 Rohingya refugees recently fleeing Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, “the system is clearly at full stretch and needs all the support it can get if all of these very vulnerable refugees are to be looked after appropriately.”

UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards reported that Rohingya refugees are continuing to arrive at the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps in Bangladesh. With more than 70,000 refugees now in both camps, the population has more than doubled since 25 August, bringing both sites beyond saturation point. Some refugees already in the camps are now hosting up to 15 newly-arrived families in their small huts.

Edwards said UNHCR began a major humanitarian airlift for the Rohingya refugees meant to meet the immediate needs of about 25,000 refugees with further flights being planned to deliver emergency aid for some 120,000 refugees in total.

World Food Programme spokesperson Bettina Luescher said her agency was extremely concerned about the situation on women and children. She said, “They are arriving hungry. They are arriving malnourished. They are, as in any crisis, the most vulnerable.” Luescher said WFP was distributing rice supplies to people arriving in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district and has provided more than 68,800 people with high-energy biscuits.
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