Refugees still arriving from Myanmar to Bangladesh, 2,000 per day: IOM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-07 03:00:10|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GENEVA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- It is estimated that refugees are still arriving from Myanmar to Cox's Bazar on the other side of the border in Bangladesh at a rate of 2,000 per day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

IOM spokesperson Joel Millman told a press briefing here Friday that the number of refugees fleeing Myanmar since Aug. 25 to Bangladesh now stand at 515,000.

According to IOM, the Bangladeshi government had allocated a further 1,000 acres of land in addition to the 2,000 acres it had already made available on Sept. 14.

Officials planned to use the vast site to accommodate all the Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, both new and old arrivals, in one settlement, said the IOM spokesperson, adding that at close to 700,000 people, it would become "the world's largest refugee camp".

"An estimated 218,000 people were already in need of urgent nutrition support, including 145,000 children under the age of 5 years and thousands of pregnant and lactating women," Millman told the briefing.

So far IOM said it had already delivered 310,000 litres of clean water to refugee sites, but that remained "a drop in the ocean" in the context of daily needs.