The U.N. said Friday that an “alarming number” of 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar by crossing into Bangladesh in the last two weeks.
The new number confirmed Friday by U.N. Refugee Agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan is much higher than the 164,000 it had previously estimated had arrived since Aug. 25. She said the number rose quickly in a single day mainly because aid agencies had spotted some new settlements in the area. She said many areas where the refugees are located are difficult to access.
“This is an alarming number,” Tan said. “The existing camps are full to the capacity. There is a lot of pressure on relief agencies to accommodate the rising numbers.”
Her agency said in a statement, that