UN says over 500,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar violence — UN

Rohingya refugee men carry a man after travelling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State for Bangladesh has reached 536,000, with 14,000 having crossed the border in the last two days, a UN spokesman said on Thursday, as cited by Xinhua.

The spokesman, Farhan Haq, also said UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will be in Myanmar from Friday to Tuesday for discussions with Myanmar officials.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said

“His discussions will also focus on building constructive cooperation between Myanmar and the United Nations to tackle the underlying issues affecting all communities in the areas concerned.”

“The number of refugees who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August has reached 536,000 with 14,000 having crossed the border in the last two days.”

“UNICEF says there already have been reports of water-borne disease in the camps, stressing the need to enhance sanitation coverage.”