KUTUPALONG CAMP, Bangladesh – The United Nations office in Bangladesh raised on Wednesday the number of Rohingyas who have fled the conflict-torn Rakhine state in northwestern Myanmar since Aug. 25 to 379,000, which is 9,000 more than the last count.
On Tuesday, the UN had said that 370,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25.
A majority of the new arrivals, around 188,000, have been put up in makeshift camps, six of which could be located so far, said the Inter Sector Coordination Group in a report on Wednesday.
The report added another 156,000 Rohingyas are living in temporary settlements and existing camps, while around 35,000 are being hosted by local communities.
“The new arrivals continue to flow from transit sites (...), other host community villages and the Teknaf Metropolitan Area, toward existing makeshift settlements and new spontaneous sites,” said the report, underlining a significant rise in the number of refugees in “spontaneous” camps.
The current crisis had erupted on Aug. 25, following an attack by the insurgent Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on police and military posts in the northwestern Burmese state of Rakhine that had led to a violent offensive by the Myanmar army.
Meanwhile, ARSA’s offer of a month-long ceasefire Saturday to allow the entry of humanitarian assistance was rejected by the Myanmar government.
The recent exodus follows another similar one last October after an aggressive military offensive by the Myanmar army – following an attack by Rohingya rebels on border posts – had triggered the exodus of more than 80,000 Rohingyas.
Before the crisis erupted, between 300,000-500,000 Rohingyas have been living in Bangladesh, out of whom only 32,000 enjoyed refugee status, living concentrated in refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district.