Aid agency warns of Rohingya refugee deaths due to resource shortages


The Rohingya were still flooding into Bangladesh through various border points.

"We do support the United Nations appeal to help the Rohingya people".

Since Aug. 25, around 400,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

Earlier on Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the "military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment, and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes".

Most Rohingya, who spent more than a week trekking cross-country from Rakhine to reach the Bangladesh border, have found existing camps overflowing and have instead settled on muddy roadsides.

Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claimed responsibility for the August 25 attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.

The Myanmar government says hundreds have died, mostly "terrorists", and that 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages have been abandoned. It has offered no proof to back these charges.

This development came days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN General Assembly yesterday to plead for global help coping with the Rohingya crisis as conditions worsen for the refugees.

Children below five years will be administered polio vaccines while kids from six months to five years will be provided vitamin A capsules, the surgeon said.

"There are a lot of weak and malnourished children among the new arrivals", UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, Edouard Beigbeder, said in an email.

UNICEF said on Thursday that about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August 25, some 60 percent of them children.

Women, children, older people and those with disabilities were especially vulnerable, with reports of violence against women on the rise since the start of the humanitarian disaster, Oxfam said.

The conflict has led to a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border and raised questions about Myanmar's path under the leadership of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after almost 50 years of strict military rule.