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Deforestation a hidden cost of Bangladesh

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Health Desk: Oct 30, 2017--- COX’S BAZAR: Burning firewood desperately by the Rohingya people of Ukhia, Teknaf and Naikhangchhari will destroy the ecosystem of the Cox’s Bazar deeply, reports UNB.

The local residents and environmentalists’ leaders expressed deep concern in this desperate deforestation which has made the green area grey and fad and asked the government to ensure everything before environmental disasters.

Visiting some temporary camps in Kutupalong and Balukhali of Ukhia and Teknaf, UNB Correspondent found that thousands of Rohingyas have been camping in the deep forests of Ukhia-Teknaf and Naikhangchhari. Even they were building their tents in two to three kilometre deep of the forest from the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Road and fetch their firewood from the deep and fresh forest.”

“This huge number of Rohingya is almost burning 500 lakh kgs (estimated the figure) of firewood for cooking every day.

They are mainly relying on the forest around the area of their camps. As a result, the forests are being destroyed every day,” forest department officials told UNB.

Deputy Director of Environment Department of Cox’s Bazar Saiful Arshad said “There is no shortage of relief to Ukhia-Teknaf and Naikhangchhari Rohingya camps but there is a severe crisis of firewood which is going on as the number of the Rohingya people stands at 11 lakhs (new and old entrants) and is increasing every day.”