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Myanmar: WFP Myanmar Country Brief, October 2018

Source: World Food Programme Country: Myanmar
Operational Updates Rakhine: During October, WFP assisted over 96,000 conflict-affected people, including over 2,900 pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls and 14,400 children under the age of five, from 242 Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu villages of Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships. In central Rakhine, over 136,000 people received various assistance from WFP including emergency relief and nutrition intervention. Kachin: The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and Kachin Independence Army engaged in an armed clash during October. However, the situation did not trigger new displacements of civilians. WFP continues to provide cash for emergency food assistance to over 47,000 IDPs in Kachin State. Over 1,800 pregnant and lactating women and children under two received nutrition assistance from WFP. WFP continues to coordinate food security and livelihoods needs for IDPs in both government-controlled and nongovernment-controlled areas through its role as the Chair of the Kachin Food Security Sector. Shan: The security situation in northern Shan State deteriorated with renewed clashes between the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and ethnic armed groups in the second half of October. Approximately 1,800 people from conflict-affected villages were displaced temporarily. WFP’s emergency relief distributions continued to support 7,200 beneficiaries from 20 IDP camps in northern Shan State, as well as 9,000 people from conflict-affected villages in the northernmost part KoKang Self-Administered Zone.
Over 56,000 people were assisted through all activities. Cash Replacement for Oil in October: Due to production issues suffered by WFP’s cooking oil supplier, WFP did not receive sufficient oil to cover all the requirements for the month of October. In this regard, WFP distributed MMK2000 (USD 1.25) per beneficiary to substitute for the oil ration. This substitution was distributed equally to all beneficiaries of WFP in Sittwe, Pauktaw, Rathedaung,
Myebon, Kyauk Phyu, Kyauk Taw, Mrauk U and Minbya. WFP expects this change to be temporary and to take place in October only.

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