The second phase of relocating Rohingya refugees from Bandarban to Cox’s Bazar has began on January 14, and will continue till mid-February.
According to Bandarban district administration, 8,859 Rohingya people have been shifted, between January 19-29, from Bandarban’s Naikhongchari, Dochori and Ghundhum unions to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.
362 refugees from Dochori union are scheduled to be transferred by January 30, along with 6,939 others who will be transferred soon.
Aside from Cox’s Bazar, thousands of Rohingya took refuge in Bandarban. Initially, around 28,160 Rohingya people were taking shelter there. On October 20 last year, around 12,000 of them were moved to Cox’s Bazar.
Dochori Union Parishad chairman Habibullah said: “We are currently hosting 362 Rohingya people from 74 families. We have already made necessary preparations for their transfer. ”
Naikhongchari Union Parishad chairman Tasleem Iqbal said: “We have been transferring Rohingya refugees to Cox's Bazar's Balukhali and Kutupalong camps since January 14. The Rohingya camp in the Sadar union has been emptied on Tuesday morning.”
Bandarban Deputy Commissioner Dilip Kumar said: “We are trying to make the relocation as swift as possible. We have successfully shifted them from Naikhongchari. We are hoping to complete the relocation process by mid-February.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com