30,000 displaced by fresh inter-communal violence in western Myanmar

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UNHCR is distributing relief supplies to victimes of unrest in Rakhine state, Myanmar

Renewed violence in western Myanmar's Rakhine state over the past week has displaced more than 28,000 people, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR quoting government estimates.

The agency says since the fresh wave of inter communal unrest began on 21 October, authorities in Rakhine state estimate that dozens of people have been killed and over 4,600 homes burnt.

More than 3,000 people have fled in boats towards the state capital Sittwe to seek assistance in existing IDP camps, which are already hosting most of the 75,000 people who remain displaced from the wave of violence that broke out in Rakhine state in June this year.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says it was urgent that law and order be restored to prevent further violence, and that access is facilitated so that aid can be provided to those in need.

"These already overcrowded camps are being stretched beyond capacity in terms of space, shelter and basic supplies. Food prices in the area have doubled and there are not enough doctors to treat the sick and wounded. Some affected people remain in their villages, living in poor conditions and waiting in hope that they can rebuild their homes. There are reports that people have received threats that their homes will be burnt, this has prompted some to flee. We are appealing to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for those people seeking safety from the ongoing unrest. We stand ready to assist governments in addressing this evolving humanitarian emergency".

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