Bhashan Char Island

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News:Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have agreed to be relocated to the newly built camp on the Bhashan Char Island.

Facts:

Who are Rohingyas?

  • Rohingya are an ethnic group, largely comprising Muslims, who predominantly live in the Western Myanmar province of Rakhine. 
  • In Myanmar, they are they are classified as resident foreigners or as associate citizens.
  • Lakhs of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and India after facing religious and ethnical persecution in Myanmar.  This has led to a historic migration crisis and a large humanitarian crisis.

About Bhashan Char Island:

  • The Bhashan Char is an uninhabited island around 30 kilometre east of Hatiya island in the South East Bangladesh. 
  • Bhashan Char island was formed about two decades ago on the mouth of river Meghna.
  • The Island falls in an ecologically fragile area prone to floods, erosion and cyclone.
  • However,the Bangladesh government has built a three metre high embankment along its perimeter to keep out tidal surges during cyclones.