1000 acres more allocated for Rohingyas at Kutupalong: Minister

A further 1,000 acres forest land will be allocated as the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar will be expanded, increasing the allocated land to 3,000 acres, the relief and disaster management minister said on Thursday.

All Rohingya refugees will be brought under one camp if the allocation is successful, Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said at a press conference at the ministry’s conference room.

The minister added that all the Rohingya refugees who’s currently staying in temporary camps in Bangladesh and arrived here since 1978 will be brought to the camp, the minister added.

More than 75,000 sheds have been constructed in the camp as of yet and 1,50,000 sheds will be constructed by the government in total to accommodate the Rohingya people there, the minister said.

Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh from August 25 till October 4, amidst the recent wave of violence that broke out in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, which targeted the Rohingya community, said Maya.

The minister also warned against using the Rohingya issue for political gains.

Source: The Daily Ittefaq


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