Rohingya new arrivals now 536,000


PV Desk : Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine State continue to crossing border to seek safety in Bangladesh putting the number of new arrivals at 536,000, according to latest data.
Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the data saying 536,000 new arrivals are reported as of October 11, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday night.
According to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring, UNHCR and other field reports, cross border movement of over 14,000 newly arrived refugees has been verified in the past two days.
This report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners and covered October 10-11 while the next report will be issued on October 17.
Their arduous journeys from Rakhine villages to the border with Bangladesh took from 2-16 days, and that most Rohingya people were forced to pay between Tk 5,000-10,000 each to cross the Naf River by boat, according to a UN report.
“Many without any means had to walk across to the border,” said the UN report, released on Wednesday, which is based on some 65 interviews with individuals and groups.
UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder has said, “Disease outbreak is a real and present danger for the camp dwellers and host population. We immediately need to step up sanitation coverage there.”