Dhaka – The United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday that at least 146,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh in the last 13 days.
“We have estimated the number based on the reports from different non-governmental organizations working on the ground for the refugees,” Joseph Tripura, spokesman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugee in Dhaka, said.
Tens of thousands others were still on their way to Bangladesh as violence is reportedly still on the Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.
The clash and counter clash between the Myanmar security forces and the Rohingya insurgents began on August 25 after army bases and police posts were allegedly attacked by the insurgents.
The violence killed more than 400 people. Many civilians were drowned when they tried to cross a bordering river for safety in Bangladesh.
The UNHCR has been trying to reach with supports to the newly arrived refugees who took shelters at old camps. More than 35,000 were housed in those squalid camps established in 1990 and 2012 when thousand other Rohingya Muslims were driven away from their homes in Rakhine.
Meanwhile, eight people drowned Wednesday when boats carrying Rohingya Muslims capsized Naf river they were crossing to reach Bangladesh.
Local residents retrieved the bodies from the Naf river that separated Bangladesh and Myanmar after at least 11 boatloads of Rohingya sank on their way to Shah Parir Dwip, police officer Mainuddin Khan said.
Those who entered Bangladesh after the violence claimed the security forces resorted to brutality to kill civilians, burn their homes and drive them away from Rakhine.