Bangladesh to limit movement of Rohingya

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Bangladesh also announced plans to build shelters for up to 400,000 people near the city of Cox's Bazar.

Bangladesh will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills, an official has said.

Taking side on the Modi government Indian Supreme Court said terrorism had its roots among the Rohingya refugees and India was not safe from them.

The prime minister left a day after her government summoned the Myanmar envoy for the third time to protest over its neighbour's actions.

On Wednesday Aung San Suu Kyi's office announced she had cancelled a visit to NY for the meeting. Myanmar's military has blamed insurgents for the latest round of violence.

The mainly Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing a Myanmar government offensive since last month, which the United Nations says could amount to ethnic cleansing.

The government social welfare agency would take care of Rohingya children who had lost their parents in the violence or who arrived unaccompanied in Bangladesh, he said. About 80% of those fleeing are women and children - and there are babies being born along the way.

The three refugee deaths demonstrated warnings by United Nations agencies and other relief groups that the crisis could get out of control. Meanwhile, a rubella and polio vaccination campaign for 1.5 lakh children of Rohingya refugees started in Bangladesh. They estimate that 60 per cent of the new arrivals are children. They are facing challenges of food, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation.

Outside the giant Balukali camp, Jamila Khatun, 60, sat under a blue plastic bin bag held up by bamboo poles with her children and grandchildren as she recounted her journey to Bangladesh.

Shakila Zerin, the leader of a group of students from Dhaka who went to aid the refugees told the Dhaka Tribune: "We came to Palongkhali to help infants and children".

"We don't know what we will do or where we will live but if people here feed us we will stay".

"Refugees are still pouring in".

"Despite local regulations and the control room established, private distributions of relief items continue", it said, highlighting chaotic aid management that has drawn flak from rights workers.

The next danger, he warned, could be a health epidemic as at least one Rohingya boy had died from illness. A total of 8,500 temporary toilets will be built and 14 "makeshift warehouses" will be set up near the shelters.

"The government has made a decision to build 14,000 shelters for some 400,000 Rohingya", Bangladesh's disaster management secretary Shah Kamal said.

The authorities have sent police reinforcements to Cox's Bazar to protect Buddhist temples in case of a radical Muslim backlash.



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