BANGLADESH / HUMANITARIAN PRESSER

03-Oct-2017 00:02:23
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said the “root causes” of the Rohingya refugees crisis are “in Myanmar and the solutions need to be found in Myanmar.” OCHA / RECENT
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SOURCE: OCHA
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DATELINE: 03 OCTOBER 2017, COX’Z BAZAR, BANGLADESH / RECENT
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RECENT- OCHA - 02 OCTOBER, BALUKHALI MAKESHIFT SETTLEMENT CAMP FOR ROHINGYA REFUGEES, BANGLADESH

1. Pan right, from girl to camp
2. Tracking shot, Mark Lowcock walking through camp
3. Tracking shot, Lowcock walking through camp

03 OCTOBER 2017, COX’Z BAZAR, BANGLADESH

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The root causes of this crisis, as you know, are in Myanmar and the solutions need to be found in Myanmar. Half a million people though have fled for their lives into Bangladesh in the last six weeks or so and we want to come to understand what has happened to see the situation in the camps and to see the progress in the relief operation.”

RECENT- OCHA - 02 OCTOBER, BALUKHALI MAKESHIFT SETTLEMENT CAMP FOR ROHINGYA REFUGEES, BANGLADESH

5. Wide shot, Rohingya refugees walking
6. Med shot, child

03 OCTOBER 2017, COX’Z BAZAR, BANGLADESH

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The relief operation which started just six weeks ago is gathering momentum; so far the relief agencies have delivered more than 9 million food rations, there have been 300,000 people given water and sanitation support, there have been 100,000 children vaccinated largely through a fantastic programme run by UNICEF. 50,000 people have been provided with counselling and psycho social support.”

RECENT- OCHA - 02 OCTOBER, BALUKHALI MAKESHIFT SETTLEMENT CAMP FOR ROHINGYA REFUGEES, BANGLADESH

8. Close up, elderly woman
9. Close up, children

03 OCTOBER 2017, COX’Z BAZAR, BANGLADESH

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The conditions in the camps are terrible. We need to do a lot more to scale up beyond what we have done so far. I have today announced an allocation of 12 million dollars from CERF to pump prime the scale up. But we need our friends in the international community to scale up as well.”

RECENT- OCHA - 02 OCTOBER, BALUKHALI MAKESHIFT SETTLEMENT CAMP FOR ROHINGYA REFUGEES, BANGLADESH

10. Med shot, men waiting for distribution
STORYLINE
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said the “root causes” of the Rohingya refugees crisis are “in Myanmar and the solutions need to be found in Myanmar.”

Speaking to reporters in Cox’s Bazar, Bangledash today (03 Oct), Mark Lowcock noted the “horrific” living conditions of the refugees, stressing the need to ensure the current tragedy does not become a catastrophe with the outbreak of disease.

Lowcock called for urgent funding to scale up the response. He noted the “horrific” living conditions of the refugees, stressing the need to ensure the current tragedy does not become a catastrophe with the outbreak of disease. He announced an additional $12 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the second allocation this month, to respond to the crisis.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar has reached 509,000. Yesterday the figure was 507,000.

OCHA says that the total amount of land now occupied by refugees is 9.6 million square metres, the equivalent to 889 football fields. I don’t know if it’s European or American football but it’s a large number.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), together with Bangladeshi authorities and other partners, are working to contain an outbreak of diarrheal disease, with nearly 4,800 cases having been reported in the past week.

A diarrhea treatment centre opened yesterday in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, where refugees who have been living there since 1992 have taken in thousands of newcomers.

By the end of this week, there will be a total of 80 beds in diarrhea treatment centres in three locations, with two more centres planned to open next week.

UNHCR staff, along with refugee volunteers, will fan out to refugee camps and informal settlements to find people who may be sick but have not sought treatment.

UNHCR is also supporting an effort by the Ministry of Health to administer vaccinations for cholera, which is endemic in Bangladesh.
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