BD urges Turkey to build one lakh more shelters for Rohingyas

23 Oct,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The government on Sunday urged Turkey to build an additional 100,000 shelters for the Rohingyas refugees along with the previous 100,000 they had already ensured to build in Kutupalong of Cox’s Bazar.

After concluding a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Devrim Ozturk at the secretariat, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain  Chowdhury  Maya said “We have proposed they (Turkey) build one lakh more shelters for Rohingyas as the number of refugees has already surpasswd six lakhs recently.” 

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

“Turkey sought 1200 acres of land in the Kutupalong camp to build a Turkish Zone for refugees while we asked them to build 20,000 latrines and set up 2, 000 deep tubewells for the refugees,” he said.

Together with the ones who were already here, the latest influx has pushed the number of Rohingya living in Bangladesh to almost 1 million, or 10 lakh, causing havoc and suffering among the local Bangladeshi population, he added.

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.

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