Over half million Rohingya fled Myanmar, 2000 per day, says UN

The influx has also put Bangladesh under enormous strain, with the South Asian country already hosting at least 300,000 Rohingya refugees in squalid camps along its border with Myanmar before the latest surge in arrivals.

Lowcock said a senior United Nations official was expected to visit Myanmar in the next few days.

Queues for food are continuing to swell in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, as more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar make the border crossing.

Haque further said that Bangladesh has given Myanmar a written proposal on how to take back the Rohingyas and in this regard, a working group consisting of representatives of both countries has been set up.

Millions of Rohingya Muslims have fled the conflict-hit Rakhine state to Bangladesh and India after the escalation of tensions following a military crackdown.

It conveyed as much to New Delhi, which in fact led to modifications in India's stance including pressure on Myanmar to rein in the security forces, and humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.

The diplomats were also taken to Anaut Pyin village of Rathedaung township, a community of Rohingya Muslims who have not fled, said local police officer Moe Zaw.

On the sidelines, he had wide-ranging discussions with Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, especially on the violence and subsequent exodus from Northern Rakhine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a potential cholera outbreak among the Rohingya, saying the arrival of vaccines in the affected areas had been delayed.

But Mr Lowcock said he believed a "high-level" team would be able to visit the area in the next few days.

The UN has labelled Burma's refusal to grant access to Rakhine state - the scene of alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims - as "unnacceptable".

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has come under global criticism for her alleged failure to protect the minority Rohingya people.

Refugees in Bangladesh are packed into overcrowded United Nations and makeshift camps along the Myanmar border at increasing risk of disease.

They plan to expand an existing camp near the border town of Cox's Bazar so that it can accommodate around 800,000 people.

The agreement was reached on Monday following talks between Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood and Myanmarese government official Kyaw Tint Swe in Dhaka.

  • Joey Payne