September 12, 2017 / 9:08 AM / 9 months ago

U.N. says 370,000 flee Myanmar, exodus continuing

GENEVA (Reuters) - Violence in Myanmar has prompted 370,000 people belonging to the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, up from a previous estimate of 313,000, the U.N. International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

“The system is clearly at full stretch and needs all the support it can get,” IOM chief spokesman Leonard Doyle said. He declined to say how big he thought the exodus could get.

“Clearly the estimates have been bypassed several times over,” he told a briefing in Geneva. “I’m reluctant to give a number but obviously people fear that it could go much higher.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by John Stonestreet

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