Continuing violence displaces more than 110,000 people in Myanmar

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The number of people displaced by the on going inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province has reached over 110,000, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Over 35,000 people have been displaced in the recent wave of violence which began in October.

At least  89 people have been killed since the upsurge of the violence in October, and over 5,300 houses and religious buildings have been destroyed.

OCHA says the security situation in the province remains tense and more displacements were likely to occur.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman from OCHA, says the displaced population was in urgent need of food, shelter and health care assistance, but access to the camps hosting the IDPs was limited due to insecurity.

"The situation is still very, very volatile, it's very tense. The government is doing it's very best to keep the situation under control, but it's still very fragile. What we know from the preliminary findings is that they need food, they need shelter and they need other basic necessities. We are still calling for full access, now that we have seen more displacements in more locations, the call for access remains louder because, when we need to spread out to the entire province, we also need security in all those places."  
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