COX’S BAZAR: The influx of around three lakh Rohingyas has created a pressure on the commodity supply and service sector in Cox’s Bazar, causing a spike in essential prices and transport fares.
A section of traders is also exploiting the situation, mainly in two upazilas of the district, to manipulate the market for making a windfall profit.
The transportation system in the entire district has collapsed being overburdened with the Rohingya refugees flooding into Bangladesh, swelling the camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Transport fares have more than doubled in some areas of the district. After their arrival through Teknaf and Ukhia, the refugees are heading towards different places for settlement by bus and other vehicles.
Rohingyas, who left their country with their last belongings and cash money, are being forced to pay abnormally high transportation fares.
Besides, rice price has soared to Tk 60 a kg from Tk 40 per kg two weeks ago. Ekramul Haque, president of Ukhia trade association, said “We had to buy fine rice at Tk 50 a kg, which was Tk 40 two weeks ago. We are buying fish at Tk 200 per kg which was Tk 150 before the Rohingya influx.”
Prices of vegetables, eggs, bread and other items have also skyrocketed in Cox’s Bazar, especially in areas densely populated by refugees.
Some 57 people were punished by the mobile court for facilitating Rohingya influx and extorting them.
Meanwhile, Forest Department has filed a case against two union Parishad members and seven others of Palongkhali union of Ukhia upazila for cutting trees to rehabilitate the Rohingyas.
They were also accused of obstructing the forest guards of their duties.
The District civil surgeon said the Rohingya people including women and children had been deprived of vaccination. So many
children are suffering from polio and other diseases. Most of the refugees are also suffering from malnutrition. Besides, diarrhoea broke out in some Rohingya camps and shelters.