PV Desk : As many as 100,000 more people may be waiting to cross into Cox’s Bazar from North Rakhine’s Buthidaung Township, IOM says quoting observers.
An estimated 2,000 Rohingyas are still arriving in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh a day, having fled violence in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State, according to IOM staff monitoring the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
The new arrivals bring the total number of Rohingyas to cross into Bangladesh since August 25 to an estimated 515,000, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
On September 14, the Bangladesh government allocated 2,000 acres of forest land to set up a new camp adjacent to the existing Kutapalong makeshift settlement. It allocated another 1,000 acres of land to cope with the spiralling numbers.
Officials plan to use the vast site to accommodate all the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar – both new and old arrivals – in one settlement. At close to 700,000 people, this will become the world’s largest refugee camp.
The IOM said the challenges of establishing the camp on inaccessible, hilly terrain, are vast.