UN states the need of providing humanitarian aid to almost 3 million people in Myanmar

OCHA stated that Myanmar is facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis which is exacerbated by the consequences of COVID-19 and events after February 1.

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UN states the need of providing humanitarian aid to almost 3 million people of Myanmar

Myanmar is facing a major issue that is a humanitarian crisis where almost 3 million people need assistance, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated on Monday in a statement.

OCHA stated that Myanmar is facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis which is exacerbated by the consequences of COVID-19 and events after February 1.

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The statement stated that “About 3 million people require humanitarian assistance, including an additional 2 million people identified since 1 February this year. The most vulnerable remain families living in urban and peri-urban areas, mainly in Yangon and Mandalay, as well as people affected by conflict in south-eastern and western Myanmar.”

220,000 people have been displaced internally due to the violent armed clashes as well as insecurity since February 1 as per the reports. The areas that are mostly affected include Shan, Kayah, Kachin, and Chin states and neighboring townships in Magway and Sagaing.

Since the coup on February 1, Myanmar has been in complete chaos when the nation’s military which is led by Senior General Ming Aung Hlaing overthrew the government and even declared a state of emergency that would last for years. This resulted in mass protests, and it led to violence.

OCHA also mentioned that the pandemic remains a matter of concern still. As of September 24, almost 455,000 cases and around 17,000 deaths have been reported. It is regarded that the numbers are higher as because there is low testing capacity in Myanmar.

The Un and its humanitarian partners have been working on responding to the effect of the ongoing displacement, the increase in food insecurity, and the COVID-19. There can also be problems in the banking systems or cash liquidity issues as stated in the statement.

The humanitarian response continues even though there are too many challenges. For instance, the World Food Program has totally supported approximately 800,000 needy people in the large-scale urban food issue response since May in Yangon peri-urban areas.

Myanmar’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan approximately required USD 276.5 million in order to provide assistance to more than 3 million people, however, only 47% of that amount was financed, leaving an amount of USD 276.5 million unfunded.

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