Widespread violence and insecurity in Rakhine State since August 25 displaces at least 501,800 people to Bangladesh
Humanitarian access constraints impede delivery of relief assistance to affected populations
USG provides additional $40 million in assistance for affected populations in Burma and Bangladesh
Insecurity in Burma’s Rakhine State since August 25, sparked by attacks on checkpoints and police posts in northern Rakhine and intensified by subsequent military operations, has prompted approximately 501,800 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, according to the Rakhine State Government (RSG) and the UN.
Access constraints have hindered relief actors from conducting needs assessments and providing humanitarian assistance, the UN reports. Relief activities remained severely limited in northern Rakhine and significantly disrupted across central Rakhine as of late September. Travel restrictions in Burma’s Kachin and Shan states also hinder access to conflict-affected populations in areas outside of the Government of Burma (GoB) control.
In September, the U.S. Government (USG) provided an additional $40 million—including $34 million from State/PRM and $6 million from USAID/FFP—to respond to the crisis in Rakhine and urgent humanitarian needs in Burma and Bangladesh. The new funding brings total USG assistance for the Burma response in FY 2017 to nearly $104 million.