Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

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Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh- Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps on Sunday. The UN says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast – where nearly one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides – are extremely vulnerable to disease and disaster this rainy season. Refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said 100,000 refugees living in “priority” areas most at risk from floods and landslides would be relocated before June. Bangladesh had allocated roughly 14 sq km of forested land in Cox’s Bazar to the newly-arrived Rohingya to build simple shelters.

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