1,011 more Rohingyas reach Bhasan Char

Staff Correspondent

17 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Chattogram: A total of 1,011 more Rohingyas reached Bhasan Char on Tuesday in fourth batch as part of their relocation to the island under the supervision of Bangladesh Navy.

The Rohingyas left the Patenga Naval jetty in three ships of Bangladesh Navy at around 10:40 am and landed at the island around 3:00 pm, Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Shamsud Douza told the Daily Sun.

Before relocating to Bhasan Char, they were brought to a temporary transit camp at Ukhiya Degree College playground in Cox’s Bazar on Monday and later taken to Chattogram.

They stayed at BAF Shaheen College in the port city after completion of the registration process.

With this, a total of 3,021 Rohingyas have been shifted to the island in the fourth batch on Monday and Tuesday, said sources.

Earlier, a total of 6,688 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhashan Char in three phases since December 4 last.

The second batch of Rohingyas reached the island on December 29 last while the third batch was relocated on January 29 and 30 this year.

Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them took shelter in Cox’s Bazar in the face of ethnic cleansing and genocide by Myanmar security forces from August 25, 2017.

In Bhasan Char, Rohingya families are living in separate rooms with cooking facilities, electricity and sewerage system along with storm shelters and livelihood opportunities.

In addition to modern accommodation for the Rohingyas, educational institutions, hospitals, clinics and playgrounds have already been set up at Bhasan Char.

Bangladesh Navy implemented the Tk 31 billion-housing project, funded with public money after the government planned to relocate a portion of them to the island.         

There are 1,440 cluster houses and 120 four-storey shelter houses to accommodate more than 1 lakh people.