3.4 million people to suffer hunger in Myanmar in coming six months

In accordance to the World Food Programme (WFP), within the following six months, 3.4 million people will go hungry, over and above the two.8 million people thought-about to be food insecure in Myanmar earlier than the army takeover.

The present political disaster along with the triple affect of pre-existing poverty and COVID-19, hunger and desperation are rising sharply throughout Myanmar. WFP estimates that throughout the subsequent six months, up to 3.4 million extra people can be hungry, notably these in city centers. “More and more poor people have lost their jobs and are unable to afford food,” said WFP Myanmar Country Director Stephen Anderson. Since the military coup took place, at least 739 people have been killed, 3,370 people detained, and 1,099 arrest warrants were issued during the protests, reported Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. On February 1, the Myanmar military overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency. The coup triggered mass protests and was met by deadly violence.