European Union responds to Myanmar generals' offensive against Rohingya

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Almost half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh due to violence in the Rakhine state that has claimed lives of at least more than 100 people and displaced several others.

The UN refugee agency says it is on full alert for a new escalation in the Myanmar crisis after more than 11,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border into Bangladesh on Monday.

Refugees and rights groups say the army and Buddhist vigilantes have engaged in a campaign of killing and arson aimed at driving the Rohingya out of Myanmar.

Hasina accused Myanmar of creating tensions at the border, but said she has asked the country's security forces to deal with the crisis "very carefully".

World Vision is sounding the alarm on the extreme mental health issues affecting children among Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.

"Observers believe as many as 100000 more people may be waiting to cross into Cox's Bazar from North Rakhine's Buthidaung township (in Myanmar)", the IOM said. "And also we have mental health components, so by this mental health component we're going to cover 30,000 persons under these mental health services", said Muhammad Mehedi, field co-cordinator for Action Against Hunger.

Sixty Rohingya Muslims died last month in another boat capsize.

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As Rohingya continue to pour into refugee camps and whatever open land can be found in Cox's Bazar district in southern Bangladesh, fears of waterborne diseases such as cholera, which can spread through contaminated drinking sources, are growing by the day.

The Southeast Asian nation is home to a diverse patchwork of more than 100 ethnic groups but the Rohingya are not recognised as an official ethnicity - a status that renders them stateless.

In 1992, Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement with the then Myanmar's military regime, following which 236,599 Rohingyas returned to their homeland.

The trawler capsized near the river's Gholar Char point Sunday night.

The UN says more than 600,000 have arrived in the a year ago, swelling camps that were already home to between 300,000 and 400,000 refugees.

The WHO's Bangladesh representative N Paranietharan called it a "huge undertaking" and said he was confident an outbreak would be averted.

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