The inter-community conflict in Rakhine State, which started in early June 2012 and resurged in October 2012, has resulted in displacement and loss of lives and livelihoods. As of early November, the number of people displaced in Rakhine State has surpassed 115,000, of whom about 75,000 individuals have remained displaced since June and over 36,000 people were displaced following a resurgence of violence in late October 2012. Others continue living in tents close to their places of origin while their houses are being rebuilt, or with host families. Lifesaving assistance for this caseload is urgently needed.Notwithstanding these 115,000 people, there are also many others who out of fear are unable to move and have had restricted access to livelihood, food, and medical services, which has in the past attracted them to the IDPs camps with potential for further displacement.
Government sources indicate that 167 people were killed (78 in June and 89 in October); 223 injured (87 in June and 136 in October); and 10,100 private, public and religious buildings were burned or destroyed (4,800 in June and 5,300 in October).Curfews have been imposed since June in seven locations and in two additional ones in October. Additional military personnel have been dispatched to the area to control the situation.
Since June, the Government has been providing assistance such as food, shelter, non-fooditems (NFIs) and medical supplies to internally displaced people (IDPs), and requested the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to mobilize humanitarian partners’ support to the response. As a result, UN and NGO personnel have been mobilized and supplies distributed. In-country stocks were dangerously low before the second violent episode in October, and only a few items (mostly food and tarpaulins) were available for immediate distribution when the situation deteriorated.
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