Myanmar – New Displacement in Rakhine State (ECHO, Partner Agencies) (ECHO Daily Flash of 21 October 2016)

  • Recent fighting and the security operation implemented in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar resulted in the displacement of an estimated 13 000 people.
  • A group of an estimated 10 000 Rohingya Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are confined in a few villages of Maungdaw township, with urgent need of protection, food, shelter, and sanitation.
  • A second group of affected people consists of some 3 000 ethnic Rakhine IDPs who have fled their villages in northern Rakhine. Some 1 000 of them are located in Maungdaw town in monasteries and schools, another 1 000 in Buthidaung in temples and schools, and the remaining 1 000 are in Sittwe, located in a football field where a tented camp has been swiftly put up. This second group of IDPs is receiving assistance from the government and/or local actors. UNHCR is in charge of the coordination of the current humanitarian efforts.