Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar need to be relocated: UN

MNA Exclusive Desk: About 1.5 lakh Rohingya refugees, who fled violence in Myanmar to settle in crowded camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, are living in flood-prone areas and must be relocated ahead of the coming rainy season, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

“In relation to Cox’s Bazar, the monsoon is the biggest concern. We believe that about 150,000 people are in areas that are flood-prone or can be negatively impacted by the monsoon in a dangerous way for the people,” he told media.

The UN chief was responding to a question on the need to relocate the Rohingya refugees currently living in camps in the border town of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, reported news agency.

Guterres said he has had the opportunity to discuss with the Bangladesh government the best way to relocate these people. “And I think the best way to relocate these people is in higher areas that can be outside… treated to accommodate this group that, of course, is extremely vulnerable to the monsoon,” he said.

He added that on-ground officials of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and other agencies will be talking with the Bangladesh authorities on the issue. “We believe the higher ground is the best place for this kind of relocation,” he said.

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