Yangon, March (24)

Nearly 1.4 million people have fled their homes due to conflicts and insecurity in the two years since military coup in February 2021, according to a report of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on March 21.

According to UNOCHA’s statement, among the displaced people, the northwest of the country has the largest IDPs, with more than 943,000 people, while the southeast has 409,400 people.

In the last few weeks, in Kachin, Kayah, Shan States, and the eastern townships of Bago Region, some civilians have been displaced, injured, or killed, and civilian property has been damaged due to the intense fighting, including airstrikes and artillery fire.

In addition, the need for humanitarian assistance has increased due to the ongoing conflict, and as of March 13, 2023, there were more than 1.7 million internally displaced people across the country, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.

The IDPs are living in precarious conditions in refugee shelters and makeshift camps, with the majority seeking refuge in nearby jungles.

The UNOCHA reported in late January that 17.6 million people, or nearly one-third of Myanmar’s population, will require humanitarian assistance by 2023.

Humanitarian agencies are preparing to assist 4.5 million people in Myanmar this year, and according to UNOCHA, US$764 million is required to provide effective relief assistance.

News-Than Lwin Times

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