Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

She has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 by which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back.

"We can help the Myanmar Government, but solution can't be their stay in Bangladesh".

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general Zulkifli Abu Bakar reportedly said the agency would not drive away any of the refugees, many of whom were travelling on sea vessels, and would instead provide temporary shelter for them.

He did not give further details about the process.

Malaysia does not intend to sign any agreement to welcome Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The military crackdown causing a massive exodus of Rohingya refugees started in August after Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked police posts and army bases, this led to 400 deaths and thousands to flee.

"It is important for the Myanmar security forces to handle the situation with restraint, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population", the Indian representative told the Council's 36th Session as per reports, even as it commended Bangladesh for extending humanitarian aid to such a large number from Rakhine.

A New Zealander overseeing United Nations efforts in Myanmar says a critical humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim ethnic minority, have long faced persecution in Rakhine in northern Myanmar (Burma).

The team had also urged government investment in Rakhine infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water and internet access.

The stress on Bangladesh has been increasing as the inflow of refugees continues even after nearly more than 40 days after the first instance of violence on 25 August.

Health experts have also voiced alarm that conditions in the grossly deficient camps are ripe for disease outbreaks such as cholera.

On a one-day visit organised by Myanmar authorities, United Nations officials, diplomats and aid groups were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.

An EU delegation also joined the UN's whistle-stop trip to Rakhine, which took in Maungdaw and Rathedaung areas, explaining in a statement "this was not an investigation mission and could not be in the circumstances".

A Myanmar official tally says hundreds of people died as violence consumed remote communities, including the Rohingya.

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