Nearly 60,000 have fled Myanmar violence into Bangladesh, says UN

Rohingya refugees wade across water after travelling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Sept 1, 2017.
Rohingya refugees wade across water after travelling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Sept 1, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

YANGON (AFP) - Nearly 60,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have crossed into Bangladesh in the last eight days desperately trying to escape spiralling communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said on Saturday (Sept 2).

"The estimated number is 58,600 (as of) today according to various aid agencies and will keep going up," UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan told AFP.

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