Recently, Bangladesh has decided to evacuate 300 families from Ghumdhum union residing near Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Naikhyangchhari, Bandarban which is also known as the zero point.
Evacuation planning has been done due to mortar shelling near Tumbru border for past few weeks.
Salma Ferdous, Naikhyangchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) said, there are about 70 Bangladeshi families living within 300 to 500 yards of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. “Considering the overall situation along the border and safety of the local residents, there is a plan to evacuate them.”
“All 300 families in Ghumdum will be evacuated in phases,” she added.
Dil Mohammad, a leader among the Rohingyas, who took shelter at the zero point of Ghumdhum border, said that 4,200 Rohingyas took shelter at the Ghumdhum border.
He said, “The Rohingyas are very frightened now. But they are still staying at the zero point. They don’t know what to do.”
However, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Shamsud Douza told news agency UNB that, there is no scope for the commissioner to do anything for the people or groups at the zero point of the border. Many are cooperating locally and international organisations working along the border are engaged in providing emergency services.
“If the Rohingyas take shelter outside the zero point and in various camps in Ukhiya of Teknaf upazila, it is possible to cooperate them in various ways,” he added.