Elephants kill four Rohingya

Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh early today, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks.

  • Published 15.10.17
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Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Oct. 14 (Reuters): Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh early today, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks.

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya escaping violence in Myanmar.

Tarpaulin and bamboo shelters have been built on elephant walkways in some areas, sparking environmental concerns, as the country struggles to accommodate an unprecedented number of people.

Four refugees from neighbouring tents were injured and were in critical condition at Sadar Hospital in Cox's Bazar, the town's additional superintendent of police Afrujul Hoque Totul told Reuters.

More than 530,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months since attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation.

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