Ro­hingya refugees agree to move to is­land

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Thou­sands of Ro­hingya liv­ing in Bangladesh refugee camps agreed to move to an is­land in the Bay of Bengal, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, de­spite fears that the site is prone to flood­ing. Dhaka has long wanted to move 100,000 refugees to the muddy silt islet, say­ing it would take pres­sure off the over­crowded bor­der camps where al­most a mil­lion Ro­hingya live. More than 740,000 Ro­hingya fled Myan­mar in Au­gust 2017 in the face of a mil­i­tary crack­down, join­ing 200,000 refugees al­ready in makeshift tent set­tle­ments at Cox’s Bazar. Bangladesh’s refugee com­mis­sioner, Mah­bub Alam, said of­fi­cials over­see­ing the re­lo­ca­tion would be posted to Bhashan Char is­land in the next few days.

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