The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that at least 18,500 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days earlier.
Bangladesh security forces have also detained 75 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, when they were trying to cross the border into Bangladesh.
A new wave of violence broke out recently after dozens of police and border outposts in the state of Rakhine came under attack purportedly by a group claiming to be the defenders of the Rohingya minority.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Muslim world to intensify its efforts to help persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in phone conversations with his Mauritanian, Pakistani, Iranian and Qatari counterparts on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.
Muslim-majority Malaysia is home to almost 60,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of the Rohingya minority, who suffer persecution in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.
On Thursday, the bodies of 11 Rohingya children and nine women washed up on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River that separates the two countries as their boat overturned, said Ariful Islam, a commander with Bangladesh's border guards.
All of the victims are members of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, he said. "We don't know how many were on the boat", he said. The Myanmar government has kept the matters indoor till date and has denied access to any global aid groups.
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After years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, the group emerged last October to carry out deadly attacks on police posts.
Thousands of Rohingyas refugees turned up here at the city centre to protest against atrocities on Rohingyas in Rakhine state in Myanmar.
The UN Security Council held a closed door discussion Wednesday at the request of the United Kingdom to address the escalating violence in Myanmar.
"What we're hearing is burning, burning, burning", she said. A Rohingya leader in Bangladesh cited survivors saying both boats were overcrowded. "And it seems to be spreading from south to north".
Bangladeshi authorities have stepped up patrols to prevent more Rohingya from entering the country.
He also expressed concern about unfounded allegations by the government that worldwide aid organizations were complicit in or supported recent attacks on the security forces.