UN identifies new 18K Rohingya arrivals in B’desh

With United Nations being able to confirm around 18000 new arrivals in Bangladesh, the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence hit Rahine state of Myanmar has reached anywhere over five lakhs. The Rohingya refugee crisis is already one of the most contentious issues with the international community. While most of the Islamic nations have expressed concern at the violence, countries like India and China have so far refrained from criticizing Myanmar openly.
 It need be mentioned that the United Nations has identified makeshift settlements in Kutupalong and Balukhali in the Cox’s Bazar area, which have joined together due to increasing arrivals, have received 374,000 persons. Another 89,000 refugees have taken shelter with local host communities.
“The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency,” the report said. The Bangladesh government had counted 27,825 families and the Ministry of Home Affairs had registered 161,963 refugees until now, which is around 28 per cent of the total refugee population, according to the report. The UN said that all the recently arrived refugees were in need of food, medical services and housing, although only 37,000 families had received an emergency kit, which includes a tarpaulin for temporary shelter. The crisis began on August 25 when a insurgent group of the Rohingya Muslim minority staged a series of attacks on the police and army posts in Rakhine state, to which the Myanmar military responded with an ongoing large-scale offensive.
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