Yangon, May (9)

More than 1.5 million people had fled their homes as a result of the clashes and insecurity brought on by the military coup, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on May 6.

The number of internally displaced people in the northwest of Myanmar has exceeded 1 million since the 2021 military coup led by junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.

The UNOCHA also stated that ongoing hostilities across the country continue to endanger civilians, increase humanitarian needs, and drive new displacement.

There are more than 1.8 million displaced people across the country if we count more than 300,000 people who had already left their homes prior to the coup and the number following the coup.

A new displacement was prompted by an airstrike in Sagaing on April 11, which killed more than 170 people, including children.

Humanitarian operations continue to be hampered by physical and administrative obstacles, while camp closures and encouragement to return have continued across the country, including Rakhine, said the UNOCHA.

According to UNOCHA, less than 10% of the 764 million US dollars needed to help displaced people across Myanmar have been received in the previous four months.

Some clusters have received no funding so far this year and are operating only using carryover funding from last year and generous funding is imperative to meet the needs across Myanmar, reported the UNOCHA.

News-Than Lwin Times


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