The humanitarian situation in Myanmar’s northwest remains alarming due to the escalation of armed clashes between the Myanmar Armed Forces and local People’s Defence Forces and/or the Chinland Defence Force across Chin State, and Magway and Sagaing regions.
The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) continues to rise in the northwest as a result and stands at 327,400 people as of 25 April. Partners and local sources recently verified the new displacement of 9,341 people in Tabayin Township bringing the total number of IDPs in Sagaing Region to 240,600. Meanwhile, 36,300 IDPs remain in Chin State while 50,500 IDPs remain in Magway Region. In addition, the destruction of civilian properties continues to be reported across the northwest. At least 8,890 houses and other civilian properties, including churches and monasteries, have reportedly been either burnt down or destroyed in northwest Myanmar since 1 February 2021.
Humanitarian access to conflict-affected and displaced people remains heavily restricted and there are significant gaps in assistance to these communities despite continued efforts by humanitarian partners and local organizations.
Nationwide, as of 25 April, 924,800 people remain displaced across Myanmar, including 578,200 people who have fled their homes as a result of conflict and insecurity since the military takeover.