Aid agencies warn of dire situation Myanmar's Rakhine state, pessimistic about their return

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — International relief organizations forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs say it will be difficult to return to camps holding 140,000 Rohingya Muslims unless there is strong diplomatic pressure on the government to depoliticize the distribution of aid.

Humanitarian aid workers who gathered with colleagues in the country's main city of Yangon to discuss the spiraling crisis warned Monday in the next two weeks food stocks will run out and at least 20,000 people will be without clean water in 10 days.

The heath situation is even more dire, they said, with almost no life-saving services such as emergency hospital referrals.

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