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2 boats with 500 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar land in Indonesia; some need medical attention

  • An ethnic Rohingya woman who was on one of the boats washed ashore on Sumatra island weeps as she boards a military truck heading to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    An ethnic Rohingya woman who was on one of the boats washed ashore on Sumatra island weeps as she boards a military truck heading to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ethnic Rohingya women and children whose boats were washed ashore on Sumatra Island board a military truck to be taken to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    Ethnic Rohingya women and children whose boats were washed ashore on Sumatra Island board a military truck to be taken to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ethnic Rohingya children whose boats were washed ashore wait to be evacuated to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    Ethnic Rohingya children whose boats were washed ashore wait to be evacuated to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Boats carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed to shore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some of the people in need of medical attention, a migration official and a human rights advocate said. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)  (The Associated Press)

A migration official says two boats carrying around 500 members of Myanmar's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community have washed to shore in western Indonesia.

Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration in Jakarta, said teams were racing Sunday to Mantang Puntong, in Aceh province.

He said the men, women and children arrived in the two boats, one carrying around 430 people and the other 70.

He said some appeared to be in need of medical attention.

Rohingya Muslims have for decades suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar.

Attacks on the religious minority by Buddhist mobs in the last three years have sparked one of the biggest exoduses of boat people since the Vietnam War, sending 100,000 men, women and children fleeing.