United Nations aid agencies back on "full alert" amid new Myanmar refugee exodus

Criticism Aung San Suu Kyi

12 Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar army violence in Rakhine State, died as their boat capsized off coast of Bangladesh Monday.

Vivian Tan, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in an email that to date the organization and its partners have installed 500 latrines serving some 25,000 people, mainly in the now-extended section of the Kutupalong camp.

He said authorities have banned any Bangladeshi or foreigner from entering the settlements after 5:00 pm.

"We made a makeshift arrangement for shifting them to an island called "Bhasan Char" from Cox's Bazar. we need worldwide community's assistance including that of the United Kingdom for their relocation", she said.

With support from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, Bangladesh's Ministry of Health rolled out an ambitious oral cholera vaccination campaign on Tuesday at numerous Rohingya Refugee Camps sites in the Cox's Bazar sub-districts of Ukhia and Tekhnaf.

He could not say how many people were missing, but survivors and officials have said the boat was carrying between 60 and 100 people.

Decades of persecution by the military and extremist Buddhists forced tens of thousands to flee to various countries, mostly to Bangladesh.

"The rest were children", he said.

Without rescue boats, thousands of Rohingyas have been stranded on the mouth of the Naf River, which marks the border between the two countries.

Though India has assured full humanitarian support to Bangladesh to deal with the influx of Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh wants India to play a more pro-active role and put pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingyas.

"By this malnutrition programme, we're now treating 3,400 severely acute malnourished children".

"We feel deeply sorry for the reaction from global countries based on news without truth".

"And still now we provide service to 8,400 traumatised children and mothers", said Mehedi.

In a police crackdown, the family was forced to move back to the main refugee camp in the southeastern district of Cox's Bazar - some 265 miles from Singair.

"Think about it: You have over 800,000 refugees in a very small area, over half a million arriving in the last few weeks".

Advocates say refugees are helping take care of each other, but now global organizations must step in as well.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 25 when the military launched a crackdown that had been decried by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".

"It's (also) not a bilateral problem of Bangladesh and Myanmar".



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