The United Nations’ (U.N.) humanitarian chief has described conditions for thousands of displaced Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar as “dire” and said both Muslim and Buddhist communities are living in fear.

Valerie Amos, who toured violence-racked Rakhine State on Wednesday, said in a statement released overnight that she was “very concerned” by the situation there, with many people in overcrowded, unsanitary camps.

The U.N. said more than 1,15,000 people remain displaced by the two rounds of communal violence that erupted in Rakhine in June and October. Scores died in the conflict and whole villages, mainly those of Rohingya Muslims, were forced to flee their homes. The UN. envoy urged Myanmar to boost support for aid agencies. — AFP