Fears of renewed violence prompted bus and ferry services from Yangon to halt deliveries of food and other cargo to Sittwe, Rakhine’s capital, limiting supplies and sending prices skyrocketing. Shops, banks, schools and markets were closed.
The UN special adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, visited Sittwe on Wednesday.
Security forces have struggled to contain the strife that started Friday and has prompted thousands of Muslim villagers to flee. About 1,500 Rohingyas attempted to enter Bangladesh by boats but were turned away.
Myanmar considers Rohingyas to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship. Bangladesh says Rohingyas have been living in Myanmar for centuries and should be recognised as citizens.