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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 March – 1 April 2024)

April 3rd, 2024  •  Author:   UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  •  1 minute read
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Civilians continue to bear the brunt of ongoing intense conflict, with more than 2.8 million people now estimated to be displaced nationwide. In Rakhine, the conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) and the Arakan Army persists with ongoing clashes in Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Ann townships. Almost 157,000 people have been displaced by the renewed fighting since last November. Explosive ordnance contamination is now a significant safety risk across affected locations. Water scarcity is a serious concern in Rakhine, particularly for displaced people, as they head into the driest weeks of the year.

In the Northeast, fighting between the MAF, and the Kachin Independence Army and its allied forces, has intensified in Momauk Township over the past week. More than 1,000 displaced people from IDP camps in Lwegel Town were reportedly re-displaced due to heavy shelling.

Conflict between the MAF and various armed groups also continues in the Southeast, with fighting expanding in Kyaikmaraw Township in Mon last week. Artillery fire reportedly destroyed more than 300 houses in Dhamatha Village and displaced more than 1,000 people.

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