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Indian naval ship to deliver aid for Rohingyas in Bangladesh
Posted:Sep 24, 2017
 
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India will on September 26 dispatch around 900 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh which is being loaded on to Indian Naval Ship Gharial at Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.
 
Naval officials said the relief material -- sufficient for around 62,000 displaced families -- will on September 28 reach Chittagong in Bangladesh, where thousands of Rohinya refugees have fled from Myanmar.
 
The material is packaged in customised family packets, containing essential items like ration, clothes, and mosquito nets. By Sunday afternoon, approximately 21,000 units had been loaded.
 
India sent relief material earlier this month also to Bangladesh by an Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft to address the humanitarian crisis emanating from large-scale migration of Rohingya Muslims.
 
According to the UN, about 430,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar and crossed to Bangladesh since August 25.
 
According to a report by the UN's Inter Sector Coordination Group, the total number of refugees who have arrived since August 25 has climbed to 436,000, although it said that movement across the border had reportedly slowed down in the last two days.
 
The report also said that only small groups of refugees have been seen arriving in Cox's Bazar, the southeastern district of Bangladesh to which most of the Rohingyas have fled.
 
According to the document, the refugees living in makeshift settlements number around 200,000, while around 148,000 have taken shelter in pre-existing refugee camps and 88,000 are living with host communities.
 
Bangladesh's government has deployed the army to distribute aid in the camps and build roads to the settlements.
 
The exodus of the Muslim minority Rohingyas began on August 25, when the Myanmar army launched an offensive in the region, following an attack by Rohingya rebels on multiple government posts.
 
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas could be taking place in Myanmar.
Nonprofits have denounced human rights violations and the international community has increased pressure on the Myanmar government over the military operation. 
 
 
 
 
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