Thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs that the united nations has called ethnic cleansing.

Wading through waist-deep water with children strapped to their sides, the refugees said they had walked through bushes and forded monsoon-swollen streams for days.

A seemingly never-ending flow entered Bangladesh near the village of Palongkhali.

Many were injured, with the elderly carried on makeshift stretchers, while women balanced household items.

They joined about 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a ferocious military response, with the fleeing people accusing security forces of arson, killings and rape.