Homeless IDPs in upper Myanmar struggling to survive after being hit by arson attacks

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Dabayin, December (18)

The number of houses being burned in upper Myanmar’s Sagaing and Magway Regions are increasing daily, making it harder for displaced people to survive, the relief workers told Than Lwin Times.

Displaced local residents are in urgent need of temporary shelters as well as food, clothing, warm jackets, mosquito nets, blankets, and other humanitarian aid.

Some displaced people are taking temporary shelter in nearby schools and monasteries, while others are fleeing into the forest.

From the December 1 to 11, regime troops burned to ashes nearly 1,700 homes in nearly 20 villages in Dabayin Township, Sagaing Region, the rescue workers from Dabayin said.

The three military columns with 240 troops set fire to 770 houses in 12 villages of Sagaing Region’s Khin-U Township from November 15 to 27, killing 12 civilians, the locals said.

A resident said that some villages in Khin-U Township had almost all their houses burned, and they could not build a temporary tent and they also need warm winter jackets and blankets.

The S&C, relief group for fire and conflict, is building a temporary tent at a cost of 230,000 kyats, including transportation costs, through donations.

The S&C is planning to build about one thousand temporary shelters to the homeless people who have been displaced by arson attacks and conflict in Sagaing, and currently, it has completed the construction of about 80 shelters.

The revolutionary forces in Sagaing and Magway Regions have been taking up arms and trying to root out the military dictatorship while staging street protests since the military coup until today.

The military council and its affiliated groups set fire to more than 35,000 homes in the Sagaing and Magway Regions till end of November since coup, according to the Data for Myanmar.

News-Than Lwin Times

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