Sagaing, 30 September

More than 86,000 residences, including religious buildings, have been burned down across the country in the more than two and a half years since the military coup, according to a report by ISP-Myanmar released on September 29.

At least 110 townships, a third of the total number of townships in the country, were destroyed by fire, said the research group, ISP-Myanmar.

More than 55,000 buildings, which accounted for more than 64 percent of all arson incidents, were destroyed in 2022, and the number of arson attacks increased after the declaration of martial law in February this year.

According to ISP-Myanmar, the military council’s offensives have shifted to defensive in several places since the middle of this year, and the burning of residential buildings has diminished.

Sagaing Region saw 72 percent of arson incidents, the highest in the country, and more than 62,200 buildings were destroyed.

At least 32 townships in Sagaing have had their homes destroyed by fire, with Shwebo Township suffering the most, with around 7,300 homes burned.

According to ISP – Myanmar’s figures, more than 28,300 residential buildings, including religious ones, were burned down in at least 82 townships across the country in the eight months from January to August this year.

According to ISP-Myanmar data, almost half of the arson incidents this year were in 29 townships declared martial law by the military council.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: True News Team – Khin Oo Township

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