Rohingya refugees walk through a paddy field after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
September 6 (Reuters) – About 146,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in late August, U.N. workers said on Wednesday.
This has brought to 233,000 the number of Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October 2016.
The exodus has put pressure on aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands of refugees from previous violence in Myanmar.
Following are some details on the crisis gathered from U.N. sources working in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, on the Myanmar border.
* Landmine injuries occurred on Sept. 5 with two childrenbrought in for treatment at the Gundum border area. * The influx of refugees via marine routes has increased,with a sharp increase noted in Shamlapur from 1,090 individualson Sept. 4 to 12,500 on Sept. 5. * Around 33,000 refugees have gathered at three newspontaneous settlements that have sprung up at Unchiprang,Moinar Ghona and Thangkhali. There are acute humanitarian needsin these rapidly expanding settlements, especially for emergencyhealth, safe water, food and shelter support. * Four mobile medical teams are being deployed to differentlocations, and two more are planned. * No deliveries were performed by the midwives in the lasttwo days for new arrivals, indicating that many may havedelivered outside of available health facilities. * Strengthened family tracing mechanisms are needed forunaccompanied children and other separated families. Mostchildren have arrived with their mothers as their fathers aremissing or arrested. * A total of 177 incidents of gender-based violence havebeen reported in the refugee camps since Aug. 27. Eighteensurvivors of this violence have been referred for life-savingmedical care. About 240 women and 60 men, including survivors ofgender-based violence, attended stress management sessions. * The community clinic in Kutupalong is overwhelmed withpatients, resulting in long lines for waiting and inefficientservice provision for survivors of gender-based violence seekingemergency health services. The cost of transport prohibitsbeneficiaries from travelling to health facilities whereemergency sexual and reproductive health services are available,including clinical management of rape.