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Number of Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh Reaches 391,000 - IOM

© REUTERS / Mohammad PonirA boat carrying Rohingya refugees is seen leaving Myanmar through Naf river while thousands other waiting in Maungdaw, Myanmar, September 7, 2017
A boat carrying Rohingya refugees is seen leaving Myanmar through Naf river while thousands other waiting in Maungdaw, Myanmar, September 7, 2017 - Sputnik International
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"Exhausted, hungry and often traumatized by violence" Rohingya refugees keep fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh.

GENEVA (Sputnik) — The number of Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh has reached 391,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

"Estimated new arrivals have reached 391,000 and there is no sign of the flow of people drying up, as smoke from burning villages in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State remains clearly visible from the Cox’s Bazar district [of Bangladesh]," the press service said in a statement.

The IOM noted that thousands of the new arrivals were on the way toward makeshift settlements on the border, being "exhausted, hungry and often traumatized by the violence that they have seen." They are forced to exist there in extreme living conditions, often with no food and clean water or basic services, according to the press release.

On Thursday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it had sent to Cox’s Bazar trucks with emergency aid, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children.

In late August, Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in Rakhine state. The attacks prompted a harsh response from the authorities. Hundreds of people have died in the continued clashes, while thousands have been forced to flee.

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