Anguish in Burma as ethnic violence flares in Rakhine
27 October 2012 Last updated at 16:27 BST
Burma's president has acknowledged major destruction in the west of the country, the scene of recent ethnic unrest.
"There have been incidents of whole villages and parts of the towns being burnt down in Rakhine state," Thein Sein's spokesman told the BBC.
He was speaking after Human Rights Watch released satellite pictures showing hundreds of buildings destroyed in the coastal town of Kyaukpyu alone.
It says the victims were mostly Muslim Rohingya, targeted by non-Muslims.
Jonathan Head reports.