6.4m in war zones: minister

San Htoo Aung
A refugee camp in Thibaw Township (Photo-EMG)

About 6.4 million people are living in conflict areas, according to Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye during a workshop on Rakhine State held at Nay Pyi Taw on May 17.

“Our country stands 42nd of 171 countries in the list of countries by natural disaster risk listed by UN. If the list is counted for disasters made by humans, we will stand at 12th out of 191 countries,” said the minister.

"All regions and states, including Nay Pyi Taw, need to develop. However, we need to prioritise Chin and Rakhine states which are the least developed. Rakhine State has conflicts and development has lagged behind. The state government organised relocation and socio-economic development committees to implement the development," he said.

The government was spending Ks3.7 billion from the emergency fund of the president to build roads and bridges in Rakhine State. Around Ks4.2 billion from the national natural disaster management fund was being spent on humanitarian assistance, he said.