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Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar

07 October 2017

New Delhi, Oct 6 India and the European Union today expressed "deep concern" over the Rohingya refugee crisis during their 14th summit with the two sides urging Myanmar to work with Bangladesh for their return.

Lowcock said that he believed "a high level" United Nations team would be able to visit the area "in the next few days", without elaborating, repeating UN's demands for Myanmar to allow "unhindered (and) unfettered" access to the state.

The violence, backed by radical Buddhist monks, has left scores of Rohingya villages torched and completely destroyed.

Mark Lowcock, head of the UN's humanitarian office, said: "This flow out of Myanmar has not stopped yet, it's into the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya (who are) still in Myanmar, we want to be ready in case there is a further exodus".

Half a million people have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.

After the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tusk, the two sides underscored the need for early return of the displaced people of all communities to northern Rakhine state in Myanmar.

Cholera is a risk, amid fears of disease spreading in the rain-drenched camps where aid workers are trying to install sanitation systems, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation said.

USA lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

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Mr. Lowcock said he believed a "a high-level" United Nations team would be able to visit the area "in the next few days".

Hindus and ethnic Rakhine were also among the dead - allegedly killed by Rohingya militants.

Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since the latest outbreak of violence in their home province of Rakhine State in late August.

This time Bangladeshi government, while extending them hospitality has been strict and ordered restrictions including no sim cards, and confining the whole refugee population to one camp in Kutpalong.

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has come under worldwide criticism for her alleged failure to protect the minority Rohingya people.

Bangladesh still plans to expand a massive settlement in the south to accommodate almost the 900,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees that have streamed into the country from Myanmar.

They plan to expand an existing camp near the border town of Cox's Bazar so that it can accommodate around 800,000 people.

Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar