UN says about 421,000 people have fled Myanmar

UN says about 421,000 people have fled Myanmar

The U.N.’s migration agency says about 421,000 people have fled from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in less than a month amid a security crackdown allegedly targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority, AP reports.

Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration says an estimated 20,000 people are flowing across Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh every day. IOM is the “lead agency” among U.N. agencies in Bangladesh helping to deal with the refugee flow since Aug. 25.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said the children’s agency now estimates that over a quarter-million children have fled Myanmar over the last 25 days.

Speaking to reporters at a U.N. briefing Tuesday in Geneva, Millman cited estimates that at least 14,000 pregnant women had crossed the border. “It’s probably quite a bit more than that — but that’s the number they have confirmed.”