A total of 1,642 Rohingyas had sailed from Chattogram to Bhasan Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal under Hatiyaupazila of Noakhali, on Friday morning.
With this, the process of relocating Rohingyas from the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char had begun.
At about 10:20am on Friday they have started heading towards Bhasan Char, said deputy commissioner of Chattogram Md Elias Hossain.
He said,‘Armed personnel of Bangladesh Navy are in charge of ensuring security of the ships carrying them.’
A convoy of 19 vessels was being involved to transfer the Rohingyas. Five navy ships and one army ship were ferrying the 1,642 Rohingyaswhile one navy ship was on stand-by to provide back-up in case of emergency.
Four speed boats, four country boats, and two navy and two coast guard boats were escorting the six ships. Naval vessels Shah Paran and Shah Makhdum carrying 1,019 luggage reached Bhasan Char on Thursday, officials said.
The Rohingyas were boarding the ships from three points of departure.
Earlier on Thursday, the Rohingyas reached Chattogram from Cox’s Bazar, where they had been staying since 2017. They stayed overnight at BF base Zahur in Chattogram.
The Navy had prepared the Tk 3,100 crore housing project, funded with public money, after some 750,000 Rohingyas fled a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and took shelter in Cox’s Bazar in the months following August 2017.
They joined some 300,000 other Rohingyas who had fled decades of violence in Rakhine. More than 1.1 million refugees were living in Cox’ Bazar.