Rohingya influx in Bangladesh now 409000: IOM

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis'catastrophic, UN chief says

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis'catastrophic, UN chief says

"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar".

The Myanmar government says almost 40% of Rohingya villages are now empty in the northernmost part of Rakhine, but argues not all have run from army operations, insisting some were either linked to the "extremist terrorists" or scared of them.

The military responded by killing at least 400 people, triggering a massive exodus of Rohingya villagers.

Patel said the funding will help scale up critical life-saving assistance - such as food, shelter, water and sanitation - to a greater number of those who have fled their homes.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Myanmar to end the violence following a close-door meeting.

A trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar capsized Tuesday in the Naf River on the border with Bangladesh, leaving two children dead.

Suu Kyi is not Myanmar's president - her official titles are state counselor and foreign minister - but she effectively serves as leader of the Southeast Asian nation though she does not control the military.

The British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft said it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years. He said, "The humanitarian situation it is catastrophic".

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Hasina said that Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas only on humanitarian grounds, and Myanmar must accept them as its nationals. "India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need", the MEA said in the press release.

The migration of Rohingyas to south-eastern Bangladesh had steadily increased since the attacks on police and military posts by an insurgent group and Myanmar's subsequent military crackdown.

Guterres said many women and children were arriving in Bangladesh "hungry and malnourished".

The violence has mounted worldwide pressure on Myanmar's military leaders and civilian administration, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

"We would take help from the United Nations agencies", he said.

Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and honorary Canadian citizen, has recently faced a sustained chorus of global criticism for her failure to condemn the treatment of Rohingya.

Zeid also described the situation as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

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