1,464 more Rohingyas relocated to Bhasan Char

Staff Correspondent

31 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

As many as 1,464 more Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasan Char in Noakhali from their camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday as part of the third-phase relocation process.

The third-phase Rohingya relocation began with 1,778 displaced Myanmar nationals taken to Bhasan Char on Friday.

Rohingyas with luggage, chickens, ducks, goats, solar panels, food and other belongings boarded the ships at 9:00am from Patenga Naval Jetty.

Four ships of Bangladesh Navy carrying the Rohingyas reached the island in the Bay of Bengal around 12:00pm after a three-hour journey.

On their way to Bhasan Char, they were first taken to a temporary transit camp at Ukhiya Degree College playground in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.

Later, the Rohingyas were taken to Chattogram where they stayed overnight after the registration process.

Earlier on Friday, some 1,778 more Rohingyas reached the island in the third phase of the relocation process.

The relocated Rohingya families are getting separate rooms with cooking facilities, electricity and sewerage systems, along with playgrounds, storm shelters, and livelihood opportunities.

Amid criticism from the international community over the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char, 3,446 Rohingyas were earlier relocated to Bhasan Char in the last two phases.

The first batch of Rohingyas arrived at Bhasan Char on December 4 last year and the second on December 29.

The remote char has been radically changed in just two years. Once upon a time there was nothing but a few trees and a few buffaloes. Bangladesh Navy has transformed that char into a new town.

All the work of this project taken at Bhasan Char at a cost of around Tk 3,095 crore has been completed.

A total of 1,440 cluster houses and 120 shelter houses, four-storey building, have already been set up in Bhasan Char to temporarily relocate a section of Rohingyas.

These cluster houses have been built in the style of cluster villages. A total of 12 houses have each cluster house. Each house has 16 rooms with accommodation for four people in each room.

The mobile phone network on the island is provided by Grameenphone and Robi. A police station and fire station are also there.