Life has stopped in its tracks in Burma’s northern Rakhine State where an estimated 180,000 Rohingya remain, fearful after violence drove 650,000 to flee to Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
“We would like to have access to all the people in need in order to do proper assessments, to help ease according to needs,” Peter Maurer said.
Tens of thousands of Muslims who have fled violence in northwestern Burma are living in “extremely poor” conditions in neighboring Bangladesh and need better shelter as the country’s cyclone season approaches, the Red Cross says.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society is calling for more help to deal with the aftermath of flooding across the country, as the number of those affected rises to 420,000.
To date, more than 4,000 people have been counted as dead in the 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Moe Kyaw Than, 45, a member of the Myanmar Red Cross Society in Kunlong, had been in hospital since he was shot in the stomach.