The funding will be allocated for the Bangladesh Joint Response Plan and the Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan
The international community has announced funding some US$600 million to assist Rohingya refugees, host communities, and internally displaced people in Myanmar.
The announcement was made at a virtual donor conference, co-hosted by US, UK, EU and the UN Refugee Agency, to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries highlighting funding gaps, UNHCR’s operational update on the Rohingya Refugee situation said on Monday.
The funding will be allocated for the Bangladesh Joint Response Plan and the Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan.
The conference also took the opportunity to reiterate that any sustainable solution to this situation must include the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
Apart from the funding, the statement also highlighted its monsoon response when the camps saw heavy and persistent rain for a few days as a result of a depression in the Bay of Bengal in the last week of October.
“Overall, the rains led to the total damage of 35 shelters, and close to 500 shelters were partially damaged in areas UNHCR supports. Up to 50 households needed to temporarily relocate. Site management partners referred families that required food assistance to WFP and shelter support was provided to repair or rebuild shelters that were damaged. Other damaged infrastructure, including latrines and bridges, are being rebuilt,” the update mentioned.
Suicide prevention and mental health
The update also highlighted reports of a rise in suicide attempts in the camps in Cox’s Bazar since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly among women. The data currently available on suicide is, however, difficult to read with certainty.
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