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The number of refugees increased by more than 20,000 in two weeks

The number of refugees increased by more than 20,000 in two weeks.

On August 2, The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) announced that in the past two weeks, in the southeast of the country, more than 22,000 people from Kayin, Kayah, and the eastern part of Bago, had to flee their homes due to the ongoing military conflict in Myanmar.

Currently, as the battles are happening, the number of people who have fled their homes is increasing, and humanitarian needs are still high, and as of July 26, more than 700 people from Waingmaw and Momauk townships had to be evacuated to safe places due to the fighting between the Military Council Army and the Kachin Liberation Army (KIA). On August 2, residents told RFA that more than 10,000 residents of 20 villages are fleeing due to military raids in Tabayin Township in Sagaing Division.

According to a statement from UN OCHA as of July 24, 2023, the number of people who fled the war across Myanmar has reached nearly two million (more than 1.9 million). Of these, nearly 1.6 million people were displaced by the conflict and insecurity that occurred after the coup.


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