South Asia and Beyond

Over 750,000 People Displaced In Myanmar Since Coup

 Over 750,000 People Displaced In Myanmar Since Coup

55,700 people were displaced in Myanmar in June as regime forces continue to raid and torch villages and kill civilians nationwide. In total, the number of internally displaced people (IDP) in Myanmar since last year’s coup is over 750,000, according to the latest figures released by the United Nations. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said the estimated number of IDPs has passed 758,000, including more than 250,000 children. Myanmar had a large number of IDPs even before the coup, so the total number of IDPs in the country is now over 1.1 million. UNOCHA said more than 18,058 civilian properties including houses, churches, monasteries and schools are estimated to have been destroyed since the military takeover, reports The Irrawaddy. “The level of destruction of civilian properties, particularly homes, combined with the seemingly never-ending fighting will very likely prolong the displacement of the IDPs and will further deteriorate their already fragile living conditions,” it said.

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