06 September 2017

News Story: Urgent life-saving assistance needed for Bangladesh as refugee influx surges - UN agencies

GENEVA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- UN agencies have appealed for millions of dollars in emergency relief aid as more than 123,000 Rohingya's from Myanmar's northern Rakhine state have entered neighboring Bangladesh in 11 days.

"IOM and partner agencies operating in the district, which borders Myanmar, have identified an immediate funding gap of 18 million U.S. dollars over the next three months to allow lifesaving services to be scaled up to cope with the new arrivals," said UN migration agency spokesperson Leonard Doyle on Tuesday at a briefing.

Adding Bangladesh crisis appeal was a statement by the UN refugee agency, saying that the UNHCR is gravely concerned about the continuing conflict in Myanmar and by reports that civilians have died trying to seek safety.

"Those who have made it to Bangladesh are in poor condition," UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan told the UN briefing.

"Most have walked for days from their villages hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes. They are hungry, weak and sick," said Khan.

The new arrivals are scattered in different locations in south-eastern Bangladesh.

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