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Wild elephants trample on 4 sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp

Wild elephants killed four sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district Balukhali camp on Saturday, including three children and a woman.

Other than those killed, four others suffered serious injuries and are currently in the hospital Thousands of Rohingya refugees have set up makeshift shelters in the Balukhali camp since they fled violence across the border in Myanmar. This is not the first time when the refugees have been killed by wild elep
hants in this camp.

Earlier, an elderly person and a child, who were sleeping too were trampled by the wild giants. Around 5,36,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months


According to reports, many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped to provide shelter to Rohingyas. But with greater influx of refugees, these camps are unable to accommodate new arrivals, who in-turn then camp in open or alongside roads. The Bangladesh government has allocated 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of forest land to build shelters for the refugees but many have already set up their shacks. The human-animal clashes in the area are now being deemed as "inevitable", for the campsites have been an abode to elephants for years now. Moreover, the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh have also swelled in size, leading to fears of an outbreak of diseases.

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