Myanmar, Bangladesh
Emergency Response to Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp Fire
Japanese

  • A massive fire broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar (24 March) ©Ummay Habiba/Save the Children A massive fire broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar (24 March) ©Ummay Habiba/Save the Children
  • A massive fire broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar (22 March) ©Rohim Ullah/Save the Children A massive fire broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar (22 March) ©Rohim Ullah/Save the Children

Decision to Launch

12th April 2021, 14:47

  • ©Rohim Ullah/Save the Children©Rohim Ullah/Save the Children

On 8 April, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch its emergency response in Bangladesh to the massive fire that broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar.

On the afternoon of 22 March, a fire broke out in the Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh, where about 600,000 of the 860,000 displaced persons from Myanmar live*1.

The fire spread to dwellings made of highly flammable bamboo and burned several sections of the camp while also damaging the surrounding host community.

It killed 13 people, injured 563, destroyed more than 10,000 shelters and 1,600 public facilities, and left about 45,000 people homeless. In addition to the homes, more than 1,500 water supply facilities, 50 educational facilities, and 16 child-friendly spaces have also been rendered unusable due to burning or damage (as of 2 April)*2.

New coronavirus cases have been reported in Cox's Bazar. We will keep ourselves up to date on the local countermeasures against the spread through exchanging information with local governments and international organizations, and promptly provide emergency assistance while taking thorough infection prevention measures in our activities. We will be posting regular updates on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

*1: OCHA, 2020 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis - Mid Term Review- (30 November 2020)
*2: BRAC, Situation Report #10: Fire Incident Across Rohingya Camps 2-3 April 2021 (4 April 2021)

●12 April 2021(Press Release)

On 8 April, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch its emergency response in Bangladesh to the massive fire that broke out in a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar.

<Overview>

  • On the afternoon of 22 March, a fire broke out in the Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh, where about 600,000 of the 860,000 displaced persons from Myanmar live*1. The fire spread to dwellings made of highly flammable bamboo and burned several sections of the camp while also damaging the surrounding host community. It killed 13 people, injured 563, destroyed more than 10,000 shelters and 1,600 public facilities, and left about 45,000 people homeless. In addition to the homes, more than 1,500 water supply facilities, 50 educational facilities, and 16 child-friendly spaces have also been rendered unusable due to burning or damage (as of 2 April)*2.
  • The government of Bangladesh is working with international organizations to coordinate relief efforts among aid groups. Assistance to the affected people includes rebuilding and repairing burned or damaged infrastructure and shelters, distribution of drinking water and food, healthcare, protection of women and children, and prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus. As the cyclone and monsoon seasons are approaching in the area, a prompt response will be required.
  • Considering the severity of the fire damages at the refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar and the impact on the humanitarian crisis, JPF will implement necessary support activities in cooperation with member NGOs and local partner organizations. After the completion of this program, we plan to supplement our relief efforts within the framework of the ongoing Emergency Response for People Fleeing Myanmar.

New coronavirus cases have been reported in Cox's Bazar. We will keep ourselves up to date on the local countermeasures against the spread through exchanging information with local governments and international organizations, and promptly provide emergency assistance while taking thorough infection prevention measures in our activities. We will be posting regular updates on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

*1: OCHA, 2020 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis - Mid Term Review- (30 November 2020)
*2: BRAC, Situation Report #10: Fire Incident Across Rohingya Camps 2-3 April 2021 (4 April 2021)

Program Overview

Term 6 months
Budget 100 million yen (government subsidies)
Location Refugee camp in Bangladesh for people who have fled Myanmar
Content Food, NFIs (non-food items)/daily essential items, healthcare, shelter, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), protection of women and children

Donating to the JPF Emergency Response for People Fleeing Myanmar

*Given the urgency of the situation, severity of the destruction, and the impact on the humanitarian crisis, the "Emergency Response to Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp Fire" program will be utilizing Japanese government subsidies for its relief activities. After the completion of this program, we plan to continue our support activities within the ongoing "Emergency Response for People Fleeing Myanmar" program. We would be grateful if you could support us with your donations.

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MUFG Bank, Ltd
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Head Office
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1732850
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TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
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Head Office
Bank Address
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
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1732850
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