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An unprecedented surge of 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, as it announced a dramatic jump in the total as new pockets of people fleeing violence in Myanmar are found. A rights group said satellite images showed about 450 buildings had been burned down in a Myanmar border town largely inhabited by Rohingya, as part of what refugees say is a concerted effort to expel members of the Muslim minority.Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the estimated number of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted on Aug. 25 had risen from 164,000 Thursday because aid workers had found big groups of uncounted people in border areas.Two days ago, UNHCR had said the worst-case scenario was 300,000 refugees.The 1.1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar have long complained of persecution.A Myanmar reporter in the north of the state said he had got reports from residents of an area called Rathedaung that six villages had been torched and there had also been shooting in the area.
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