September 12, 2017 / 9:07 AM / 11 days ago

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

Exhausted Rohingya refugees rest on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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.

“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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