Rohingya influx continues; 2,000 new arrivals overnight: IOM


PV Desk : Over the last 48 hours ,some 4,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar at the Anjumanpara border crossing point, said the IOM.

Traumatized, hungry and fearing for their lives, the refugees had camped out in the open in an area of no-man’s land between the two countries.

They crossed at low tide where they were met by Bangladeshi border guards.

Early Thursday morning, the Rohingyas, many of them vulnerable women and children who had been walking for days crossed into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district assisted by the border authorities. Some 1,400 crossed to a transit area to be registered.

The Rohingyas are fleeing the violence, which has convulsed their communities in Northern Rakhine State since late August. They join over 820,000 already living in some safety in Cox’s Bazar, where over 607,320 have arrived since 25 August.

Overnight, a further 2,000 fleeing Rohingya reached the crossing point and were assisted by the Bangladeshi authorities.

They were being assisted by local authorities and medical services, including vaccinations, were being provided, along with screening by humanitarian organizations for those refugees judged to be extremely vulnerable so that they could receive timely specialized assistance.

The UN Migration Agency, IOM runs a reception area at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar.