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Another 1,544 Rohingyas head for Bhasan Char

About 26,000 Rohingyas had been relocated to the island till Tuesday

Update : 30 Mar 2022, 09:53 PM

Another 1,544 Rohingyas from 507 families have left for Bhasan Charr in the 13th phase from different sheds of Ukhia Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar.

Cox’s Bazar Armed Police Battalion-14 chief Naimul Haque confirmed the matter on Wednesday afternoon.

The Rohingyas are scheduled to arrive at Bhasan Char on a Navy ship on Thursday.

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He said 1,544 Rohingyas–1,022 in the first phase and 522 in the second phase–were taken to Bhasan Char island on the second day of the 13th phase. “A total of 36 buses, including ambulances, were provided to move them.” 

Earlier on Tuesday, 1,999 Rohingyas left Cox's Bazar for Bhasan Char on 39 buses from Ukhia Degree College ground, said Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Shamsud Douza Nayan.

He added that about 26,000 Rohingyas had been taken to the island in Noakhali till Tuesday, as per the government’s decision to relocate 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char.

Bangladesh currently hosts 1.1 million Rohingyas, who fled ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military in 2017, in camps at Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya and Kutupalong.

At Bhasan Char, the government has set up an infrastructure of 120 cluster villages sprawled on the 13,000-acre island at a cost of over Tk2,300 crore to accommodate the Rohingya population till their safe repatriation back home.

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