Thousands homeless in Bangladesh. All that remains of the sprawling coastal villages are shattered shanty houses.
Burma Times Correspondent: February 07, 2015
Bangladesh authorities have completed evacuation of Rohingya refugees on Wednesday in 1.5 km of the Jhaubon area belonging to the forest department in Cox’s Bazar.
According to Bangladesh media, almost 35,000 refugees have been left homeless following the operation. The operation was led by Zahid Iqbal, assistant commissioner (land) and executive magistrate, and involved the participation of police, Bangladesh Border Guards, Ansar (auxiliary police) and forest department personnel.
The evacuation comes as a measure to improve tourism facilities in the beach region. Refugees have been warned not to reside around the marine drive road used by travellers in Bangladesh’s tourism hotspot.
Locals of the region while opposed to the presence of Burmese refugees in the region criticised the development as it offered no rehabilitation facilities for the ultra poor refugees already surviving on the margins of society.
Meanwhile refugees say that they are in dire straits because of the evacuation. They are currently squatting in any place available in different villages and the hilly areas.