Number of refugees in Rakhine reaches to over 120,000

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - More than 128,000 refugees are fleeing away from the fighting in Rakhine State and are taking shelter at ten townships in the state.

More than 128,000 refugees are fleeing away from the fighting in Rakhine State and they are in need of food, sources said.

It is listed by Rakhine Ethnic Congress (REC) and the IDPs are taking shelter at ten townships in the state. Some are sheltering at Sittwe Township where fighting is not affected.

“We estimated that there are more than 129,000 refugees in the state. The government only provided rice and the ICRC gave us edible oil. But their help is not enough. Now there are more refugees in the camps and we need more shelters. The weather is colder in the night time and hotter in the day time. We also need clean water. Some IDPs have diarrhoea and dermatitis. They are needed more protection,” said Zaw Zaw Tun, Secretary of the REC.

“In some IDP camps, we need to rent land spaces to build the IDP camps. So we don’t have money to rent. Some are living in villages. They will be trouble in the long term. No one knows when the fighting will end. I want to urge the government to give special consideration to help the refugees as they had been elected by the people. If they cannot help, the government should allow organizations that can help. Some organizations cannot go to the refugee camps,” he said.

Fighting is escalated recently and the government troops used attack helicopters, according to locals. Houses are hit by heavy shells and burnt down, sources said.

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