Bangladesh to start relocating some Rohingya to island soon

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh say they want to start relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island soon from crammed camps near the border with Myanmar, from where they fled.

The government administrator in Cox’s Bazar, Kamal Hossain, said Tuesday they listed 100 families willing to move to Bhasan Char, an island hours by boat from the mainland. The government has said it will relocate 100,000 refugees to the island in phases.

Hossain said they want to start the relocations in late November or in December.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the building of infrastructure on the island including homes, schools, mosques and flood protection embankments under a multimillion-dollar project.

More than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, with over 700,000 coming from Myanmar since August 2017.

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