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87 people dead, over 5,300 houses destroyed in Rakhine State: gov’t

logo unochaThe latest UN situation report for Rakhine State says that of the over 100,000 people affected at the beginning of the crisis in June, many have returned home as the overall security situation is improving across the state.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of August 11, the Rakhine State government estimates that over 68,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are accommodated in 63 camps in Sittwe, Kyauktaw and Maungdaw townships, of which nine camps in Sittwe are sheltering close to 60,000 IDPs.

Population movements continue with reports of new arrivals (approximately 3,000 IDPs) from a village on the outskirts of Sittwe in two camps near Sittwe Town due to lack of access to livelihoods and food.

On August 5-7, a new displacement of over 3,000 people was reported in Kyauktaw due to conflict between communities. According to the Rakhine State government, since the beginning of the communal violence, a total of 87 people were killed and 120 injured with over 5,300 houses destroyed due to the violence.

The reports of security incidents over the last couple of weeks have substantially decreased, said OCHA.

However, inter-communal tensions remain very high with reports of sporadic conflicts in some townships of the state. On 11 August, the government reviewed the security situation across the state and changed the curfew hours from 6 pm until 6 am to 7 pm until 5 am in seven townships, including in Kyauktaw as a result of the recent violence. The government reported that over 1,300 security personnel have been deployed to restore stability and address the security concerns expressed by both communities.

Safety and security of humanitarian workers continue to be of a major concern as several provocative statements have been made by organizations against communities and against UN and NGOs, fueling tensions and hampering assessments and delivery of relief support to the victims of the violence.
Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 13:04 )  

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