Australian Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help thousands of families who have been affected by violence in northern Rakhine, Myanmar.
Peter Walton, Director, International at Red Cross, said: "This is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in our region. Our teams on the ground are telling us people are living in dire circumstances. We have a chance to save lives and help ease the suffering of thousands of women, children and men."
Since 25 August, more than 412,000 people have crossed from northern Rakhine into Bangladesh.
Informal settlements and refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh are overflowing and people are living where they can; in makeshift tents and alongside roads. It is estimated that an additional 121,000 people are displaced in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
"We're seeking the generous support of Australians to provide critical humanitarian support including emergency shelter for families sleeping out in the open, health care for sick and wounded people, and safe spaces for women and children who have left everything behind," Mr Walton said.
"We're also helping to reconnect families who were separated as they fled, or help people discover the fate of their loved ones."
In Rakhine and Bangladesh, Red Cross teams have reached over 40,000 people with first aid, medical supplies, clean drinking water, food and other emergency items such as tarpaulins for shelter.