International aid groups say the lives of more than six thousand Burmese refugees in Bangladesh are in danger.
A joint mission of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR, the European Union and five donor nations recently visited the camp of the ethnic Rohingya refugees from Burma.
The mission says the refugees living on the tidal mud flats of the Teknaf River, which forms the border between Bangladesh and Burma, have no water or sanitation, and are at risk from seasonal high tides, flooding and cyclones, especially during the coming monsoon season.
The EU says it will provide emergency aid to the refugees once they are moved to safety.
Bangladesh has refused to help relocate the group, insisting they are illegal immigrants and must return to Burma.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.