UN hikes Rohingya exodus number to 480,000

The number who have crossed the border since August 25 to escape a Myanmar military crackdown has increased by 45,000 in two days.

UN hikes Rohingya exodus number to 480,000

World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations on Tuesday drastically increased the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to 480,000 as Bangladesh eased restrictions on aid groups working in refugee camps and sought $250 million to cope with the crisis.

Between the new arrivals and some 300,000 Rohingya who were already living in the area due to previous violence in Myanmar, there are now nearly 800,000 refugees in camps around the Bangladesh border town of Cox's Bazar that are bursting at the seams.

The situation has forced new arrivals into makeshift shelters in grim conditions, and sparked warnings that epidemics, including cholera, could easily spread.  

A report by UN agencies and international charities said the higher number was due largely to an estimated 35,000 Rohingya, not previously accounted for, moving into two refugee camps. 

It also said numbers crossing the border had started to rise again. 

After reporting a significant fall in arrivals last week, the new report said hundreds had been crossing the border daily in recent days.

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