Rohingya Relocation

4,200 more to move to Bhasan Char today

Staff Correspondent

1 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Chattogram: A total of 4,200 more Rohingyas are all set to move to the offshore island Bhasan Char under Hatiya upazila in Noakhali today.

They have been brought to Chattogram from different camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Shah Rezwan Hayat said they sent 2,982 Rohingyas to Chattogram on Tuesday while the rest on Wednesday.

They stayed at BAF Shaheen College, Chattogram under the supervision of the Bangladesh Navy at night, he said.

The forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals will be taken to Bhasan Char by Navy Ship from Chattogram Boat Club jetty today, said the commissioner.

A group of Rohingyas were supposed to be sent to Bhasan Char from Chattogram on Wednesday, but the process was postponed due to bad weather.

Earlier, over 14,000 Myanmar nationals were relocated to Bhasan Char from different Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar in five phases.

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 Rohingyas, educational institutions, hospitals, clinics and playgrounds have already been set up there. Bangladesh Navy implemented a 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 shelters to accommodate more than 100,000 people.