1,759 more Rohingyas reach Bhasan Char

Staff Correspondent

5 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Chattogram: A total of 1,759 more Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasan Char Island in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali district on Thursday.

The Rohingyas left the Patenga Naval jetty in five ships of Bangladesh Navy around 10:30am and reached the island around 2:00pm, Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Shamsud Douza told the Daily Sun.

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

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

With this, a total of 4,019 Rohingyas were shifted to the island in the fifth batch on Wednesday and Thursday, said the sources.

Earlier, a total of 9,709 Rohingyas were taken to the island in four phases.

First batch of the persecuted Rohingyas reached the offshore island on December 4 last year while the second batch on December 29, third batch on January 29 and 30 this year, and fourth batch on February 15 and 16. 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 Tk31 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 Rohingyas.