Armed conflict and insecurity drive more than 1.1 million people from their homes: OCHA Myanmar

More than 1.1 million people have fled their homes due to armed conflict and insecurity in Myanmar as of July 11, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA Myanmar) announced on July 20.

The statement said that due to intense fighting in southeastern Myanmar, the security and humanitarian needs situation continues to deteriorate, and civilian deaths and displacements continue to occur.

According to partner information, around 18,370 civilians have been moved from their homes to safer areas since early July, according to OCHA Myanmar.

This includes at least 12,300 people from 18 villages in Kyaukkyi township in East Bago, 1,000 people from 7 villages in Thayetchaung township in Tanintharyi region, around 1,500 people in Thaton township in the state Mon, 500 people in Hpa-an township in Kayin state, 70 people in Waingmaw township and 3,000 people in Mogaung township in Kachin state, according to the OCHA Myanmar statement.

According to OCHA Myanmar, the number of displaced people may be higher than this number depending on the situation on the ground, but due to security conditions and internet outages, this has not been widely verified.

According to UN figures, as of July 11, the total number of displaced people in Myanmar stood at 1,130,000, including 783,400 people displaced by conflict and insecurity since the 2021 military coup and 346,600 people who remain displaced as a result of previous conflicts, according to the statement.

In addition, landmines and explosive remnants of war still threaten the lives and safety of civilians, OCHA Myanmar said.

According to reports from local media and partner organizations, between 1 and 9 July, two civilians, including a child, were killed and two others were injured by landmines in three townships in Rakhine State, and a civilian was also injured in Naungcho township in the north of the country. Shan State, according to OCHA Myanmar.