Bangladesh urges Turkey to build 1 lakh more refugee shelters

Bangladesh government has urged Turkey to build an additional 100,000 shelters for the Rohingyas refugees alongside the previous 100,000 they had previously built in the Kutupalong area of Cox’s Bazar.

After concluding a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Devrim Ozturk at the secretariat on Sunday, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said the government has urged Turkey to build 1 lakh more shelters for the refugees.

“We have proposed they (Turkey) build one lakh more shelters for Rohingyas. The number of refugees has already surpassed six lakhs recently,” the minister told reporters after the meeting.

Talking to reporters at the secretariat, the minister said Turkey will later deliver their decision regarding the matter.

Maya informed that Turkey has sought 1200 acres of land for setting up a Turkish zone in the Kutupalong area.

“They wanted a separate zone and we asked them to build 20,000 latrines and set up 2, 000 deep tubewells for the refugees,” the minister added.

With previously documented Rohingya refugees, the total number of Myanmar nationals living in Bangladesh has reached near to 1 million.

Minister Maya said the huge influx of refugees have created a havoc for the locals of Cox’s Bazaar.

A delegation of Bangladesh will visit Turkish refugee camps to acquire further knowledge over taking care of refugees, he added.

Turkey is home to the world’s largest population of refugees.

Source: The Daily Ittefaq