Sittwe, June (10)

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) issued a warning on June 9 that the situation in the storm-affected areas could worsen due to the travel ban imposed by the military regime.

The UNOCHA says the suspension of access to Rakhine State will halt humanitarian assistance for thousands of people.

The humanitarian distribution and transportation plans to Chin State, including Rakhine State, have been suspended due to the military council’s access restriction, said the statement.

To date, UNOCHA has provided shelter and other essential relief items to more than 100,000 local people affected by the cyclone, and delivered food to nearly 300,000 people in Rakhine State.

The UNOCHA is still negotiating with the military council in Nay Pyi Taw to get permission to help the cyclone-affected areas, and while waiting for approval, access has been banned.

On May 14, Cyclone Mocha made landfall in Myanmar, killing more than 400 people in seven states and regions including Rakhine State, and hundreds of thousands of people are in need of humanitarian aid.

News – Than Lwin Times

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