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He submitted the petition saying that thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been living in Bangladesh since its independence and more than 400,000 Rohingyas have fled into the country from Myanmar recently.

The police in a statement said the refugees have been told not to take shelter at their friends' or acquaintances' in Bangladesh, and neighbourhood residents have been asked not to rent houses to the refugees.

"If families can't meet their basic needs, the suffering will get even worse and lives could be lost".

Worldwide pressure is mounting on Buddhist-majority Myanmar to end the security operation against the marginalised Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine, which was triggered on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

Bangladesh was already home to 400,000 Rohingya before the latest crisis erupted on 25 August, when Rohingya militants attacked police posts and an army camp.

"We also need to, I think, up our responsibilities to take in humanitarian refugees as a matter of urgency".

"I hope that as leaders' wives, we can rally humanitarian efforts to contribute positively to the process and thus mobilize the global community", she said, according to a statement from the Presidency. But the Army said it was responding to attacks by militants and denied targeting civilians.

China, which also vies for influence in Myanmar, joined a U.N. Security Council call for an end to the violence while its ambassador in Myanmar expressed his support for the government's action, Myanmar media reported.

Heavy rain over the weekend turned roads into mud, with countless Rohingya putting up shelters with bamboo and plastic sheets beside them.

"At the moment there's well over 50,000 people that we observed, literally yesterday, on the roadsides, settling in makeshift camps in very precarious conditions". "You have to get them to some sort of space where aid can be delivered", said Chris Lom, of the global Organisation for Migration. Food, clean water and sanitation, and medical and health services are urgently needed.

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Earlier, the United Nations top human rights official accused Myanmar of carrying out "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims.

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the world body has warned that Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has "a last chance" to halt army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the minority Rohingyas to flee overseas.

She is due to make her first address to the nation on the crisis on Tuesday.


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