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Distribution of Malaysian aid to Rohingyas kicks off

  • Published at 08:25 pm February 23rd, 2017
Distribution of Malaysian aid to Rohingyas kicks off
Cox’s Bazar district administration has formally begun distributing Malaysian relief items among Rohingya refugees in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas. The relief distribution was carried out simultaneously at the Ukhiya and Leda camps of Teknaf around noon on Thursday.   [caption id="attachment_48634" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Rohingya refugees await the distribution of relief items at Teknaf Dhaka Tribune Rohingya refugees await the distribution of relief items at Teknaf Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Around 300 families in each camp received the aid on the first day, confirmed Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Md Saiful Islam Majumdar, also the head of the relief distribution coordination committee. The administration will be able to distribute the items among 700-1,000 families every day. The 1,472 tonnes of relief aid will gradually be distributed among 15,000 Rohingya families – 5,500 in Teknaf and 9,500 in Ukhiya – on the basis of tokens. Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya arrived in Chittagong on February 13 carrying the aid. [caption id="attachment_48635" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Cox’s Bazar district administration members set to begin relief distribution of Malaysian relief aid Dhaka Tribune Cox’s Bazar district administration members set to begin the distribution of Malaysian relief aid Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Nearly 70,000 Rohingyas have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on October 9 last year that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.