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Myanmar's Rohingyas to find a home in Bhasan Char, a floating island off Bangladesh mainland

An uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island is in process to turn into home for 1,00,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar.

An uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island is in process to turn into home for 1,00,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar. The government of Bangladesh is reportedly making “temporary arrangements” for these people to the island named Bhasan Char (meaning floating island). (Reuters)
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An uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island is in process to turn into home for 1,00,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar. The government of Bangladesh is reportedly making “temporary arrangements” for these people to the island named Bhasan Char (meaning floating island). (Reuters)

Floating Island, which emerged from the silt only about 20 years ago, is about 30 km (21 miles) from the mainland. (Reuters)
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Floating Island, which emerged from the silt only about 20 years ago, is about 30 km (21 miles) from the mainland. (Reuters)

British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains. (Reuters)
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British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains. (Reuters)

As per the architectural plan, there will be 1,440 blocks, each housing 16 families. (Reuters)
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As per the architectural plan, there will be 1,440 blocks, each housing 16 families. (Reuters)

The island regularly floods during June-September. Taking this into consideration, the coastal infrastructure design is expected to include a flood defence embankment protecting the development area to international standards, set back from the shoreline, reported Reuters quoting HR Wallingford, a British engineering and environmental hydraulics consultancy. (Reuters)
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The island regularly floods during June-September. Taking this into consideration, the coastal infrastructure design is expected to include a flood defence embankment protecting the development area to international standards, set back from the shoreline, reported Reuters quoting HR Wallingford, a British engineering and environmental hydraulics consultancy. (Reuters)

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cleared that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, which houses nearly 700,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August, 2017. (Reuters)
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cleared that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, which houses nearly 700,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August, 2017. (Reuters)

Describing the island, Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka that “from a natural point of view it is very nice” and said although the initial plan was to put 100,000 people there, it had room for as many as 1 million. (Reuters)
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Describing the island, Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka that “from a natural point of view it is very nice” and said although the initial plan was to put 100,000 people there, it had room for as many as 1 million. (Reuters)

An adviser to Hasina told Reuters that it will not be a concentration camp for the Rohingyas and there will be certain restrictions. (Reuters)
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An adviser to Hasina told Reuters that it will not be a concentration camp for the Rohingyas and there will be certain restrictions. (Reuters)

The island would reportedly have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel. (Reuters)
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The island would reportedly have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel. (Reuters)

First Published on Feb 24, 2018 01:52 pm
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