The government needs two months for bringing all Rohingya refugees, fleeing from their homes in Myanmar in the face of ethnic cleansing, under the biometric registrations while 5,575 registrations have already been completed.
"So far, 4,24,000 Rohingya refugees have entered the country from August 25 and to September 20 and 5,575 refugees have been brought under registration," Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, said at a press conference on Thursday.
He said some 30 new registration booths would be operating from today to speed up the biometric registration process. "All the Rohingya refugees, now in Bangladesh after they had fled from their homes in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, would be brought under biometric registration," he said.
Maya said Myanmar must take back their citizens by accepting the six-point charter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, adding, "Bangladesh is sheltering the Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds."
Highlighting the steps taken by the government for the Rohingya refugees, he said 14,000 shelters are being constructed for 4,24,000 Rohingyas and 13 places have been selected to distribute relief materials and foods. Foods are being delivered from eight places daily, he said adding, "the government has allocated 2,000 acres of land for the Rohingya refugees' rehabilitation temporarily."
The minister said Bangladesh has so far received 250 tonnes of rice and 20 tonnes of coarse flour (Atta) while warehouses were constructed at 14 places for stocking the relief goods, reports BSS.
"The UNHCR has assured of providing food, healthcare services and shelter facilities for the Rohingya refugees, while the WFP assured of providing food for 400,000 Rohingyas over the next four months," he said.
The disaster management and relief ministry is coordinating all the rehabilitation works with the help of UNHCR, IOM, WFP and ACF (Action Contre la Faim).
Maya said construction of 14,000 additional shelters for the Rohingyas began at Kutupalang of Cox's Bazar district. The armed forces have been tasked to build the shelter centres with assistance from the UN organizations and international aid agencies as surges of the displaced Myanmar nationals continue to hit the southeastern district and adjacent areas.
The Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) installed 100 tube-wells and 500 toilets around the camp areas. Moreover, the DPHE also distributed 14,000 units of clean drinking water to the Rohingya refugees, Maya said.
Disaster management and relief secretary Mohammed Shah Kamal was present at the press conference.
Replying to a question, the minister said till now his ministry gave 500 tonnes of rice and Taka 30 lakh for the Rohingyas and Disaster Management Department's Mobile Water Treatment Plant supplies 64,000 liters of pure water every day. As many as 36 medical teams are also working in the Rohingya camps.
Regarding the Army's participation in the relief work, he said Bangladesh Army always stands beside the victims of natural disasters. Here also, he said, the army is working in relief and other rehabilitation works.
In order to coordinate the overall relief work, the Ministry of Public Administration appointed 21 officers. Maya also urged Myanmar to take back their citizens quickly.