Displacement in Myanmar's Rakhine State still rising: UNHCR

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A UNHCR-supported camp for internally displaced people near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar.

Four months after inter-communal violence erupted in western Myanmar's Rakhine state people continue to flee, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency says the villagers affected by the violence leave their homes in search of food, healthcare and other assistance.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says that humanitarian agencies are providing assistance to the displaced people.

"According to figures provided by the local authorities, there are currently some 75,000 internally displaced people in IDP camps in Rakhine state, mostly in and around the towns of Sittwe, Kyauk Taw and Maungdaw. This is an increase from the initial government estimate of around 50,000 people displaced shortly after the unrest broke out in early June. In early August, there was a resurgence of violence in Kyauk Taw Township. More than 4,000 people had their homes burned down in the attacks."

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UNHCR says that some of the displaced people are returning to their homes.

The agency has been advocating for providing assistance in the places of origin to prevent further displacement and facilitate eventual returns of those still displaced.

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