2nd Batch of 300 Rescued Rohingyas sent to Bhashan Char

They were rescued from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday night. Another batch of 300 Rohingyas, who were rescued from the Bay of Bengal, has been sent to isolation in Bhashan Char.

A ship of Bangladesh Navy, towing the rescued boat, left the Saint Martin’s Island on Thursday afternoon, according to the Navy Headquarters.

The boat is scheduled to reach the island around 2 am on Friday, he added.

They are the second batch of rescued Rohingyas, said the official, adding: “In the first phase, 19 women, five children and five males were relocated to the island a few days ago as per the instruction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

Earlier on May 2, Foreign Minister Abul Momen said: “We have decided to send the rescued Rohingyas to Bhasan Char due to safety reason, as we do not know whether the rescued are Covid-19 positive or not. If they entered in the Kutupalong camp, the entire camp area will be at risk.”

Navy personnel rescued the Rohingyas from the deep sea on Wednesday while they were floating in a small boat, according to sources.

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All necessary arrangement has been initiated in the island so that the relocated Rohingyas can live a smooth life there, sources said.