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One lakh Rohingyas to be relocated to Bhasanchar within 2 months

Staff Correspondent     19th May, 2018 10:12:13 printer

Relief and Disaster Management secretary SM Shah Kamal on Saturday said one lakh Rohingyas will be relocated to Bhasanchar of Hatiya in Noakhali within next two months.

He made the remark while addressing the inaugural session of a drill of disaster management at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar.

“All preparations have been completed and Rohingyas will be relocated there before August,” Kamal  said.

A total of 1, 33,000 Rohingya families have taken shelter at different camps in Cox’s Bazar and 32,000 of them are vulnerable to natural disaster, he added.

“The government is working to shift them to safe places. Some 5,000 families have already been shifted to safe  places.”

Kamal said: “The government along with the non-governmental organisations is working hard to protect the Rohingya people from the risk of monsoon, storm, flood and hill slide.”

“Because of Rohingya influx, forestry and environment have remarkably been damaged in Cox’s Bazar,” he mentioned.

“The government will launch afforestation drives along the vacant places after relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasanchar,” he said.

On November 14, 2017, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a Tk 2,312.15 crore project for giving temporary shelter to Rohingyas at Bhasanchar.

The ECNEC approved the project titled ‘Ashrayan-3’ for construction of necessary infrastructure for the housing of 100,000 displaced Myanmar citizens, and construction of infrastructures at Bhasanchar.