Asia and the Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 May - 1 June 2020)
The conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Arakan Army in Rakhine State and neighbouring areas of Chin State continues unabated, resulting in civilian casualties, damage to civilian infrastructure, and internal displacement of people. During the past week, some 60 houses were reportedly burnt down in the Auk Mee Let village of Paletwa Township in Chin State. There were no civilian casualties due to the incident, as residents had fled from their homes to safer areas earlier in April. Similar incidents have been reported since earlier this year, including a significant incident on 16 May in Let Kar village in Mrauk-U Township, where around 200 houses were reportedly set on fire. In both incidents in May, houses were reportedly burnt down by the parties to the conflict. Humanitarian needs across the camps and displacement sites remain severe. Despite broader limitations on humanitarian access, WFP was able to distribute rice for the first time to more than 2,900 internally displaced people in Nyaung Chaung displacement site in Kyauktaw last week, although water, sanitation and hygiene assistance by a partner organization was not permitted.