Nearly 1.7 million people displaced across Myanmar after coup

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Sagaing, 13 October

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced on October 12 that nearly 1.7 million people have fled their homes due to armed conflicts in more than two and a half years since the military coup in Myanmar.

According to UNOCHA, almost 1.7 million people have abandoned their homes as a result of the conflict and insecurity that followed the February 2021 coup, bringing the total number of displaced people across the country to nearly 2 million, including 1.3 million existing IDPs.

In the last week of September, nearly 4,800 people were newly displaced in the southeast of the country, and armed clashes in Sagaing and Magway regions in the northwest of the country forced nearly 13,000 people to flee their homes, according to the statement.

On October 9, a junta shelling of an IDP camp near Laiza in Kachin State killed dozens of civilians, including displaced women and children, and injured more than 50.

A UNOCHA statement said the explosion also affected a village and an adjacent displacement camp, which hosts more than 6,000 people.

Moreover, the fighting has prompted the people to seek refuge in forests, and they are in dire need of shelter, food, and other essential items.

It reported that major roads in Kayah state are blocked by fighting, and residents of villages along the Shan-Kayah border continue to face critical shortages of life-saving supplies, impeding humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian agencies assisted around 1.8 million people in the first half of this year, including 700,000 displaced people. but UNOCHA has stated that more financial support is required.

News-Than Lwin Times

Photo- Khin Oo True News Information Team

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