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PM Hasina to open Bhasan Char project Oct 4 for shifting Rohingyas

  • Published at 04:44 pm September 25th, 2018
File photo of construction work to build houses for 100,000 Rohingya refugees at Bhashan Char, in the Bay of Bengal Dhaka Tribune

100,000 Rohingyas will be shifted to the island in several phases, a government official says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Bhasan Char Island project on October 4 to relocate Rohingyas.

A total of 100,000 Rohingyas will be transferred to the island on completion of the work, Additional Secretary to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Mohammad Habibul Kabir Chowdhury told reporters on Monday.

He said 80% work of the project work is complete and the rest will be done within the next one and a half months, reports UNB.

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The Rohingyas will be shifted to the island in several phases, he added.

Bhasan Char emerged over the past two decades from sediment built up at the mouth of the Meghna River. Ecnec approved a Tk2,312.15 crore project in November last year for providing temporary shelter to Rohingyas at Bhashan Char.

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Aid agencies say they fear the displaced Myanmar nationals could be trapped on the island at the mercy of cyclones, floods and human traffickers.

A navy official told the AFP last week that a three-metre-high embankment had been erected around the entire island to make it flood-resistant.

More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar state security forces on August 25, sparking a brutal military crackdown. The Rohingyas joined more than 400,000 others who had come to Bangladesh at different times in the past to flee persecution in Myanmar.