Clashes between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Arakan Army in Rakhine and southern areas of Chin states continue to displace local populations. Some 7,000 people in Minbya Township have fled from their villages to urban areas, of which around 5,000 people were able to return after fighting in the area subsided. During the reporting period, two civilians were killed and seven injured, including a child, due to hostilities. According to the Rakhine State Government and humanitarian partners, over 78,000 IDPs are hosted in 186 sites across Rakhine state and the southern areas of Chin State since January 2019.
78,000 people displaced since Jan 2019
Following the directive of the President to postpone face-to-face classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Department of Education (DepEd) will be implementing distance learning for the upcoming school year. However, concerns were raised on the readiness of the public school system for distance learning and the lack of access to online learning for millions of students that are at risk of being left behind. According to DepEd and the teacher’s group, only about 10.5 million of the estimated 27 million learners have already enrolled through an online platform, with half of the enrollees being from the largely urbanized regions of NCR, CALABARZON and Central Luzon with better access to internet and computers.
Torrential rains on 11-12 June have caused flooding and landslides in the provinces of Gorontalo and South Sulawesi. In Bone Bolango District of Gorontalo province, some 12,000 people were affected, and over 2,500 houses and other buildings inundated by the overflowing Taluda river. In Jeneponto district of South Sulawesi, landslides buried four residents on 12 June. Rescue teams were deployed to the affected area, but at least one person was killed and three others remain missing. Some 2,300 houses were damaged in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi due to flooding.
According to local government, the damage to houses, bridges, and roads is estimated at around US$2 million.
COVID-19 and the associated socio-economic impacts continue to accelerate a humanitarian emergency. The number of new cases has seen a sharp increase, driven heavily by returnees from India and other countries.
As of 10 June, provincial and local governments are managing over 170,000 returnees in holding areas and quarantine centres across the country. Authorities have sealed off hotspots, restricting movements of people and vehicles, allowing access only for emergency services. The COVID-19 crisis has significant impacts on the delivery of basic services, including healthcare, as well as reported shortages of commodities in markets, and loss of jobs.
One out of ten Nepalese households report a loss of livelihoods and three out of ten report a reduction in income.
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