Bangladesh struggling with floods on top of Rohingya refugee crisis

Bangladesh struggling with floods on top of Rohingya refugee crisis”

Bangladesh's foreign minister said Sunday that genocide was being waged in Myanmar's violence-racked Rakhine State, triggering an exodus of almost 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country. "We also say it is a genocide", A.H. Mahmood Ali told reporters after briefing diplomats in Dhaka.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, 164,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Thursday.

The exodus accounts for almost a third of Myanmar's Rohingya population, creating a humanitarian emergency as a flood of famished and wounded refugees pour into Bangladesh's already overcrowded camps.

"International organizations and we, as Muslim countries in particular, should fight together by using every means available to stop that cruelty", he said.

Since Aug. 25, Myanmar's army has stepped up its operations in the western Rakhine State on the pretext that it is fighting armed militants, leading to numerous deaths among the state's Rohingya Muslim population.

An estimated 270,000 members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two weeks alone to escape violence at home, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Friday.

That has left tens of thousands of new arrivals with nowhere to shelter from the monsoon rains.

As of today, around 40,000 and more Rohingyas are residing in India and are identified as illegal immigrants by the government.

Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, has been disgracefully silent on the plight of the Rohingya.

"We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the worldwide community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights".

The mines seriously maimed three people, including two children, Amnesty said, and one man was killed within the past week. Should all villages be burnt?

"We did not create the problem".

Myanmar's army says it has killed almost 400 militants so far in its "clearance operations", while some Rohingya refugees have complained they were forced to fight by ARSA.

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