Myanmar Flash Update: Humanitarian Situation in Rathedaung (30 June 2020)
This update is produced by UNHCR and OCHA in Myanmar, in collaboration with the Maungdaw Inter-Agency Group and broader humanitarian partners. It was issued on 30 June 2020. The next update will be issued as more information becomes available.
The security situation in northern areas of Rakhine State remains volatile, with ongoing fighting and an increased presence of security forces in the area of Kyauk Tan village track in Rathedaung Township.
Humanitarian partners are working to assess the scale and severity of impact on civilians, however numbers are difficult to verify due to fluidity of the crisis.
According to initial estimates, based on reports by local partners and public sources, some 1,500 people have been newly displaced across downtown Rathedaung, with a further 1,300 displaced in Buthidaung, Ponnagyun and Sittwe townships.
Rathedaung hosted some 14,575 internally displaced people (IDPs) prior to the ongoing escalation of hostilities.
Some assistance has been provided to people displaced, but access to assess and respond to needs remains a challenge, particularly in rural areas.
The new displacement is further aggravated by COVID-19 situation, placing affected communities at additional risk, and adding to response challenges.