1,778 more Rohingyas reach Bhasan Char

Staff Correspondent

30 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

1,778 more Rohingyas reach Bhasan Char

The third batch of Rohingyas boards ships in Chattogram city on Friday while they are being taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali. —ISPR PHOTO

The third batch of 1,778 more forcibly displaced Rohingyas reached Bhasan Char Island in Noakhali on Friday as per the government initiative to relocate them.

Four ships of Bangladesh Navy transported them to the island, said Mohammad Shamsu Douza, additional commissioner of refugee relief and repatriation.

The Rohingyas left the Patenga Naval jetty around 9:40am and reached Bhasan Char around 1:00pm, he said.

Before going to Bhasan Char, they were brought to a temporary transit camp at Ukhiya Degree College playground in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday and later they were taken to Chattogram and stayed in port city overnight at BAF Shaheen College ground after completion of registration process.

In the third batch, more than 3,000 Rohingyas are scheduled to be taken to the island over the next two days.

Earlier, a total of 3,446 Rohingyas were relocated to the island in two phases on December 4 and 29.

Bangladesh has given shelter to over 11 lakh Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar camps. Some 1,00,000 Rohingyas will gradually be shifted to Bhasan Char island  which has been well-equipped with modern facilities for Rohingyas.