Monday, 27 November 2017 06:06

Turkey to build 25,000 homes, field hospitals and medical centres for Rohingya

1020-700x467 1Turkey will build 5,000 more prefabricated homes for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an increase from the previously promised 20,000 homes, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on Tuesday.

“Turkey had promised to build 20,000 prefabricated homes for 100,000 people. We decided to increase this to 25,000, so we will be able to serve almost 125,000 people,” Recep Akdag said in a meeting with Bangladesh's Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury in Ankara.

Akday said Turkey would build two field hospitals and 10 medical centres in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar by the end of 2017."Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority [AFAD], the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency [TIKA] are helping the Rohingya in Bangladesh. By the end of this year, we will build two field hospitals and 10 medical centres in Cox's Bazar where refugees are living,” Akdag said.Akdag also said Turkey’s north-western Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality would help provide drilling wells in cooperation with AFAD.

Chowdhury expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s help."Turkey is there wherever people are having trouble. Many Turkish people are now working with Bangladeshi officials to help almost one million Rakhine people.” 

Since Aug. 25 about 621,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar.According to the UN, the total Rohingya refugee population in the area is now over 834,000.