Out of the media headlines, the tragedy in Myanmar continues.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the number of people displaced within strife-torn Myanmar has for the first time exceeded 1 million, with well over half the total losing their homes after a military takeover last year. The report also says about 40,200 people have fled to neighboring countries since the takeover
The already critical situation is being exacerbated by ongoing fighting between the military government and its opponents, the increasing prices of essential commodities, and the coming of monsoon season, while funding for its relief efforts is severely inadequate. This year’s Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan is only 10% funded so far, falling short by $740 million. The military has hindered or denied independent access to areas not under its control, hampering aid efforts. OCHA says that fighting has recently escalated.
“The impact on civilians is worsening daily with frequent indiscriminate attacks and incidents involving explosive hazards, including landmines and explosive remnants of war,” the report says.