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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 September – 3 October 2022)

October 4th, 2022  •  Author:   United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  •  2 minute read
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Hostilities and tight security measures continue in multiple states and regions across Myanmar, driving more displacement and generating new humanitarian needs. Fighting has escalated between the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) and the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine and southern Chin since August. As a result, 17,400 people have been newly displaced, as of 27 September. Limits on the movement of people and interference in humanitarian activities, including travel restrictions, expanded checkpoints and roadblocks, have further compounded the already difficult living conditions for affected and displaced people across the state. In Sagaing Region, intense fighting has also continued, displacing about 530 people from Nang Naung village in Indaw township to Indaw town. The displaced people are currently staying in a monastery and have received food assistance from the host community. Similarly, close to 400 people from 2 villages in Namtu township in northern Shan were displaced to a monastery and a church in Namtu town on 27 and 28 September due to armed clashes between the MAF and the joint forces of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and local People’s Defence Forces (PDFs). According to the latest UN figures of 26 September, more than one million people have now been newly displaced by conflict and insecurity since the 2021 military takeover.

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