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Updated On: Monday, 16 July 2018
Development Issues

Relocating Rohingya Refugees

Content by: South-South News

3 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said it has helped relocate the first Rohingya refugee families, along with its partners, to newly-developed land in Bangladesh, making the site the largest refugee camp in the world.

UNHCR said the new land located in in the Camp 4 extension of Kutupalong has taken months of intensive engineering work to ready, including flattening hill to make it suitable to relocate families. The relocated families had either been displaced as a result of landslides during last week's monsoons or face high risk from landslides. UNHCR said around 42,000 refugees are at high risk of landslides and need to be moved to safer grounds. UNHCR urgently called for more flat land to help move those whose lives could be at risk with some 200,000 refugees at high risk both of landslides and floods

Heavy monsoon rains in the previous week have made several roads impassable by heavy vehicles and refugees have had to walk by foot. UNHCR said, with a break in weather, it started to move the refugees to safety.

As part of a multi-agency project, involving UNHCR, IOM and WFP, the land was developed, and hills flattened to prepare for the relocations. UNHCR said it and its partners are still installing services and building more shelters so that more families at high risk of landslides can be moved to the site. It added that the extension can accommodate up to 15,000 people when fully developed.

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