Bhasan Char

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Bhasan Char (Bengali: ভাষাণচর), also known as Char Piya, is an island in Hatiya UpazilaBangladesh. Until 2019 it was known as Thengar Char. It is located in the Bay of Bengal, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Sandwip island and 37 miles (60 km) from the mainland.

The island was formed by Himalayan silt in 2006. It spans 40 square kilometres (15 sq mi; 4,000 ha). The Government of Bangladesh planned to construct a total of 1,440 buildings, including 120 cyclone shelters, to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees from the mainland camps of Cox’s Bazar. The Government of Bangladesh first suggested resettling Muslim refugees (from Myanmar) on the island in June 2015.


  • Last updated on 17th February 2022

Bhasan Char has housing for more than 100,000 people, with a series of red-roofed dormitories checkering more than two square miles of the western side of the island. Credit : Mukta Dinwiddie Maclaren Architects, via Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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