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Rohingyas in Teknaf get another 540 acres of land

  • Published at 10:52 am April 7th, 2018
Rohingyas in Teknaf get another 540 acres of land
With the coming rainy season in mind, the Rohingya refugees currently living in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar have been allocated another 540 acres of forest land. The forest land lies to the west of the existing Kutupalong camps in Ukhiya of Teknaf. Previously 3,000 acres, and later 2,800 acres of land had already been allocated for the Rohingyas. District Commissioner of Cox's Bazar Md Kamal Hossain has confirmed that the risk-prone Rohingya camps will be evicted and the Rohingyas will be relocated in the newly allocated lands within a few days. Kamal Hossain said: "We have identified 200,000 Rohingyas as being directly subject to flood, landslide, cyclone and tidal waves in the coming monsoon. "RRRC, UNHCR, UNDP, and other organizations are jointly working to relocate these 200,000 Rohingyas to safer zones," said Kamal. The district commissioner further said that the risky areas have been marked with red flags. "UNDP, UNHCR and other aid organizations have already started leveling the hilly grounds of the newly allocated land," continued the district commissioner. "Soon the Rohingyas will be moved." Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Md Abdul Kalam said: "Initiatives have been taken to move the Rohingyas at the end of April. Already, 15,000 Rohingyas have been relocated. "Other than that, 100,000 Rohingyas will be sent to Bhashan Char," Abdul said. "There, the Bangladesh Navy has already started building houses and cyclone shelters following a specific model." On the other hand, several Rohingya refugees from Kutupalong camp have expressed their fears of living in hilly areas because of soft, unstable grounds. Ever since August 24 last year, more than 1 million Rohingyas have been living in the hilly portions of Ukhiya-Teknaf after being forced out of Myanmar by the Myanmar military and radical Moghs. Currently, Rohingyas are staying in 12 camps, most of which have been built by cutting hills. This makes the residences of almost 200,000 Rohingyas extremely vulnerable to landslides. If these refugees are not relocated to a safe zone soon, many will fall victim to the coming inclement weather, and its impact will be felt throughout the country.  
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