Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar

Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar

Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis is considered the "world's fastest-growing refugee emergency" after beginning to flee August 25, stated Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General.

There may be up to 100,000 more people in northern Rakhine waiting to cross into Bangladesh, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Around 500,000 Rohingya people have fled the state of Rakhine, to seek shelter in Bangladesh.

On a one-day visit organised by Myanmar authorities, United Nations officials, diplomats and aid groups were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.

Aid agencies are warning of acute shortages of food for the exhausted, hungry and weak refugees arriving in Cox's Bazar, which could soon lead to widespread malnutrition, IOM said.

In one of the major exodus in recent times, more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, to escape getting victimized of the ongoing ethnic unrest in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Cholera is a risk, amid fears of disease spreading in the rain-drenched camps where aid workers are trying to install sanitation systems, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation said.

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United Nations -led aid bodies have appealed for $434 million over six months to help up to 1.2 million people - including 300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh before the latest crisis and 300,000 Bangladeshi villagers in so-called host communities.

The OIC had made a stand that the refugees should be allowed to return safely to Myanmar and that Naypyidaw should take concrete measures to handle the deadly conflict which had occurred mainly in the Rakhine province which borders Bangladesh.

In a new report released Friday, Refugees International described the actions of the Myanmar military as "crimes against humanity".

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has come under worldwide criticism for her alleged failure to protect the minority Rohingya people.

She has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 by which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back.

With New Delhi lending an ear to Bangladeshi concerns, Foreign Secretary Haque now says India and Bangladesh are on the same page even as he praised India's stance including at the UNHRC.

No formal action was taken by the Security Council during their September meeting, but U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned the time for words had passed.

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