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UN highlights humanitarian challenges in Myanmar
By:Xinhua
update:February 02,2021
UNITED NATIONS, Feb.2,2021-- Myanmar continues to grapple with deeply rooted humanitarian challenges, with nearly 1 million people identified as being in need of humanitarian assistance, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday.
 
More than 336,000 people have been displaced from their homes in different parts of the country, including some 250,000 in situations of protracted displacement, it said.
 
An estimated 600,000 Rohingya people remain in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a massive exodus since August 2017. Some 126,000 of them are effectively confined to camps or camp-like settings established in 2012. Those people continue to be unable to move freely and have extremely limited access to basic health and education services, said OCHA.
 
More than 100,000 people from various communities remain displaced by conflicts between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army in Rakhine and Chin states. Humanitarian access to more than a third of these displacement sites remains cut off, said the office.
 
The expanding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has further complicated the lives of people in humanitarian settings, it said.
 
The humanitarian response plan for Myanmar for 2021 calls for 276 million U.S. dollars to meet the life-saving needs of 945,000 people. 
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