During the first week of April, the total number of displaced people rose from 231,800 last week to 234,600, the highest number of displacements since the end of January. Around 9,700 new IDPs have been verified with a significant increase identified in Tanintharyi region where 5,000 new IDPs have been displaced due to clashes affecting several villages in Tanintharyi and Thayetchaung townships. In addition, about 140 IDPs from Loikaw township in Kayah have been verified in Thandaunggyi township, Kayin State and Htantabin township in Bago region (east). The situation in Kayah State and Shan State (southern) remains unstable. In Shan state (south), around 360 displaced people have fled to Mawkmai, Taunggyi and Lawksawk townships. In addition, secondary displacements continued to take place. In Demoso Township, Kayah State, around 2,000 IDPs have been internally displaced while another 2,260 have fled to other parts of Kayah State as well as to the Shan State (south). Despite insecurity, returns have also been recorded with 2,700 IDPs returning from Pinlaung Township in Shan State (south) to Loikaw town in Kayah State. In Kayin State, the security situation in Myawaddy Township, along the Thailand-Myanmar border, remained unstable. UNHCR estimated that around 2,000 people, some of whom were already displaced, crossed the border to seek refuge in Thailand’s Tak province.
During the second week, the number of displaced people decreased slightly, from 234,600 to 232,300.
Many returns to places of origin have been verified during this period, including 3,200 from Shan State (southern) to Loikaw town in Kayah State, 150 to Hpruso township in Kayah State and 1,000 in Dawei Township of Tanintharyi Region. Further new displacements have been observed this week, mainly in the Myaing Gyi Ngu area of Hlaingbwe township, Kayin State, where 250 displaced people have recently arrived from Hpapun township following the escalation of the conflict and the indiscriminate bombings. Around 50 new IDPs were also verified in Kyainseiggyi Township. Secondary and tertiary displacements continue to occur in Hpruso and Demoso townships in Kayah State. A total of 6,500 displaced people had to move to safer places within the townships or to Pekon Township in Shan State (south) after a series of bombardments and airstrikes launched by the Tatmadaw but also due to food shortage. The displaced population remained highly mobile and struggled to find safe places.
During the third week, the number of displaced people increased slightly, from 230,700 to 232,800.
Due to the Thingyan Festival, verification could not be undertaken in many areas.
Partners were still carrying out ground verifications in Tanintharyi region, Kayah and Shan (southern) states where new displacements had been reported in recent weeks. 2,100 new IDPs from four villages who were displaced in early March in Thandaunggyi Township, Kayin State, have been verified.
Over the past week, the number of IDPs has increased significantly with approximately 5,000 new IDPs verified. The number of displaced people rose to 236,000, reaching the highest number since the beginning of the year. 3000 IDPs displaced from 7 villages in Bilin Township due to high tension between KNU and Tatmadaw have been verified.
In southern Shan, IDPs continued to arrive from Loikaw with 533 new IDPs verified in Pinlaung, Hsihseng and Nyaungshwe townships in southern Shan. In addition, 977 IDPs living in the Demoso IDP camp have been further displaced to Pinluang township, reportedly due to clashes near their camps and also a lack of food and water. At the same time, 657 IDPs returned to their home villages in Demoso and 125 IDPs returned to Loikaw town. In Kayin State, 500 displaced people from Kyainseikgyi township had to flee into the nearby jungle to seek refuge due to the reported Tatmadaw airstrike in the area. The situation in the township also led to the flight of 63 people to Tak province in Thailand. However, 108 people reportedly returned from Tak province to Myawaddy township