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Humanitarian needs persist in Myanmar due to ongoing armed conflict in Kachin and northern Shan States and continuing inter-communal tensions in Rakhine State. 240,000 people remain displaced. Largely as a result of restrictions on their movement and limited access to livelihood opportunities, many of the displaced remain highly dependent on humanitarian assistance. Shelters require reconstruction and items distributed early on in the crisis need replacing.
(Yangon, 17 June 2013) One year on from inter-communal clashes in Rakhine State, 140,000 people remain displaced, with little hope of their lives returning to normal.
Outbreaks of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in June and October 2012 caused the death of 167 people, destroyed over 10,000 buildings and led to a loss of livelihoods and infrastructure across the state. The onset of violence triggered a multi-sector humanitarian response, with food, health, sanitation, shelter and other lifesaving relief to people in need.
Yangon, 9 December 2012 - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Nigam, returned yesterday from a two day visit to Rakhine State organized by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar led by the Vice-President H.E. Dr. Sai Mauk Kham. A number of members of the diplomatic corps and UN agencies were part of the invited delegation on this visit.
Instability that started in June 2011 across Kachin and northern Shan states has resulted in displacement, damage of infrastructure and loss of lives and livelihoods. Despite ongoing peace negotiations between parties to the conflict, incidents continue to be reported.
Inter-community conflict in Rakhine State, which started in early June 2012, has resulted in displacement, loss of lives and livelihood. Of the over 100,000 people affected at the beginning of the crisis, many have already returned home, and as of 29 July, official Government statistics indicate that some 64,000 people remain displaced and are accommodated in 61 camps in Sittwe and Maungdaw townships. Population movement continues, and figures are being revised on a weekly basis.