Displacement in Rakhine State, Situation Report No. 9

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

  • The Government of Myanmar estimates that approximately 75,000 IDPs are accommodated in 40 camps and temporary locations in Sittwe and Kyauktaw Townships as of 2 October. However, most are in nine camps outside of Sittwe.
  • A two-day workshop on Rakhine organized by the Ministry of Border Affairs and UN agencies concluded with recommendations/ways forward to address ongoing concerns as well as to achieve sustainable development for Rakhine State.

II. Situation Overview

The Government estimates that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached approximately 75,000. The IDPs are accommodated in 40 camps and temporary locations in Sittwe and Kyauktaw Townships with over 67,700 people in nine camps outside of Sittwe. Government sources informed that all temporary camps in Maungdaw were closed as the IDPs returned to their villages of origin, where shelters and tents are being set up. There are indications that some displacement may be taking place between villages. Partners are working with the authorities to identify these situations and possible humanitarian needs of this group.

Inter-communal tensions remain with reports of sporadic incidents in Sittwe and Kyauktaw Townships. On 28 September, rumours over the beating of a young man in Sittwe town prompted the gathering of a large number of people around Mingalar ward. Security forces cordoned off the area and eventually managed to disperse the crowd. The curfew between 7pm and 5am remains in place in seven townships.

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