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Mr. Nigam said 22,587 were displaced, and they included both Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, but he gave no breakdown.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Sunday while visiting Thechaung camp, Mr. Nigam said getting aid to the new wave of displaced people will be a challenge as some fled on boats and others have sought refuge on isolated hilltops.

“The situation is certainly very grave and we are working with the government to provide urgent aid to these people,” he said.