Displacement in Rakhine State, Situation Report No. 6
This report is produced by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator. It covers the period from 20 to 26 July. The next report will be issued depending on availability of information.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
- Some IDPs returned home and the Government indicates that, as of 24 July, some 61,000 people are displaced in 58 locations in Maungdaw and Sittwe.
II. Situation Overview
The general security situation across Rakhine State remains stable even though the level of tension is reportedly high in some areas. The curfew is still in force in six townships. The level of economic and livelihood activities has increased in Sittwe with shops, markets and banks in operation, although there are concerns as parts of the population is yet to resume their economic activities.
The Government has taken some measures to address concerns related to anti UN and NGO sentiments by some members of the public. While hostile slogans on posters, t-shirts and stickers still circulating in Sittwe, assistance is now welcome in some camps previously inaccessible.
The IDPs are slowly returning to their place of origin or sources of livelihood. As of 24 July, the Rakhine State Government estimated that there are over 61,000 IDPs accommodated in 58 camps in Maungdaw and Sittwe townships.
III. Humanitarian Needs and Response
The Government continues to lead the response and provide food, shelter, NFIs and medical supplies to the IDPs with support from UN, NGOs, and the Red Cross Family.
The inter agency assessment findings completed on 10 July indicate that majority of the IDPs are in Sittwe and Maungdaw. Major needs identified by the assessment still remain as food, shelter, NFI, WASH and health. Majority of the people still rely heavily on the food distribution by the Government, humanitarian partners and religious organizations. The signs of malnutrition are obvious in some camps along with reported incidents of diarrhea, dysentery, respiratory and skin infections.
A sectoral response plan is being finalized to take into consideration the results of an inter-agency rapid assessment as well as the response priorities indicated by the Government and affected communities. Partners estimated that IDPs will require relief assistance even if the situation was to normalize in the coming months, as most of the IDPs lost their possessions and their sources of livelihood and social services would take some time to become fully functional again.
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