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Thengar Char (Bengali: টেঙ্গার চর), also known as Char Piya, is an island in Hatiya Upazila, Bangladesh.[1] It is located in the Bay of Bengal, 37 miles from the coast.[2]

Thengar Char
Char Piya
Native name:
টেঙ্গার চর
LocationBay of Bengal
Coordinates22°22′37″N 91°23′46″E / 22.3769°N 91.3961°E / 22.3769; 91.3961Coordinates: 22°22′37″N 91°23′46″E / 22.3769°N 91.3961°E / 22.3769; 91.3961
Area116 sq mi (300 km2)
DivisionChittagong Division
DistrictNoakhali District
UpazilaHatiya Upazila
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The island was formed with Himalayan silt in 2006.[1] It spans 116 square miles (300 km2; 30,000 ha).[1][2] It is under water from June to September annually because of the monsoon,[1] and it has no flood fences.[3] There are no roads on the island.[3]

In June 2015, the Bangladeshi government suggested resettling Rohingya refugees on the island.[4] The proposal was characterized by the United Nations Refugee Agency as "logistically challenging".[4] On January 26, 2017, the Bangladeshi government ordered their resettlement nonetheless.[1][2][3] Human Rights Watch called it "a human rights and humanitarian disaster in the making".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kullab, Samya (February 23, 2017). "The Trouble With Thengar Char". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved February 25, 2017.  – via Foreign Affairs (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Pokhare, Sugam; Westcott, Ben (January 31, 2017). "Thousands of Rohingya refugees may be sent to remote island". CNN. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Rahman, Shaikh Azizur (February 2, 2017). "Plan to move Rohingya to remote island prompts fears of human catastrophe". The Guardian. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "UN concern at Bangladesh plan to move thousands of Rohingya to flooded island". The Guardian. June 14, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2017.