Refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas have been filled to capacity following the huge influx of Rohingya during the recent violence in Rakhine state of neighbouring Myanmar.
Every day for the past two weeks, an endless caravan of people has been flowing across the border, light of possessions but weighed down by the traumas they have left behind.
The many thousands of Rohingya refugees are seemingly desperate to confirm their status in the makeshift camps in the Kutupalong and Balukhali areas of Ukhiya and in the Leda, Nayapara and Shamlapur areas of Teknaf.
The Kutupalong camp alone is accommodating around 20,000 Rohingya, with this Dhaka Tribune correspondent finding some 10-15 people co-existing in a single, small shanty. They face a wide range of difficulties including sanitation.
“Members of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and the Bangladesh Coast Guard have been taking stern initiatives to prevent the Rohingya influx, but the current situation is a bit different than before,” Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Md Ali Hossain, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The deputy commissioner said a control room was about to be set up in his office from where anyone would be able to get the latest update on the Rohingya issue. The contact number of the control room was however not revealed.
Additional Superintendent of Police in Cox’s Bazar, Afruzul Haque Tutul, said the BGB and coast guard have been relentlessly working along the border areas in a bid to avert any sort of untoward incident.