Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 7 September 2017 — Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is urgently scaling up efforts to provide water, food and other aid to displaced people who have recently crossed into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh from Rakhine state, Myanmar.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is providing thousands of litres of purified water and hundreds of safe water storage containers each day to address immediate humanitarian needs of the new arrivals. Dry food is being provided by Bangladesh Red Crescent. All assistance is being provided in coordination with local authorities and other agencies.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has emergency food for 10,000 families, some of which is already being provided to meet immediate needs of the new influx of displaced people in Bangladesh.

Mass arrivals of people from Myanmar is adding huge pressure on limited local resources and public services. Basic services, ranging from food, education and health care, to water, sanitation, and solid-waste management, are greatly strained.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent, supported by the IFRC, has been providing aid and addressing the needs of people who arrived following a wave of violence in northern areas of Rakhine State in October 2016.

Over the past three decades 300,000 to 500,000 displaced people from Rakhine have crossed into Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, Rakhine, and all other places in the world, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide humanitarian assistance with impartiality and neutrality; based on need.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent is one of the countries’ leading humanitarian organisations. It has a strong presence in Cox’s Bazar, and is working closely with all stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response, including the Government of Bangladesh and UN agencies.

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