The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), supported by the ICRC, has started distributing food assistance to more than 19,000 people. These people from Myanmar's Rakhine state have been residing in host communities in Bangladesh since October 2016.
The ten day distribution, in the rural villages, was launched on April 10 in Teknaf area.
The food ration should cover the needs of the families for one month. The assistance came following a joint needs assessment done by BDRCS and ICRC that indicated the dire food insecurity among the new arrivals from Myanmar.
The BDRCS & ICRC have been responding to the most urgent of needs of the families from Rakhine since the beginning of the crisis. They provide health services in two major health complexes in Teknaf and Ukhia. They are also attempting to restore family links services.