The UN refugee agency UNHCR said Friday that an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees had fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought refuge in Bangladesh, where two existing refugee camps are "bursting at the seams".
"The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas," UNHCR said in a briefing note for reporters in Geneva.
"The vast majority are women, including mothers with newborn babies, families with children. They arrive in poor condition, exhausted, hungry and desperate for shelter."
Earlier Friday a senior United Nations representative told AFP that more than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state, mostly members of the Muslim Rohingya minority - twice the government's figure.
"Perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead," said Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar. "This might be from both sides but it would be heavily concentrated on the Rohingya population."
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