“We will all have to ramp up our response massively, from food to shelter,” said the assistant high commissioner for operations at the U.N. refugee agency.
“We have only rice for survival,” said Saw Swe Tun, the camp administrator.
According to activist Nilar Thein, a truck carrying 100 sacks of rice was prevented from entering a camp in Sadone Township, Kachin State.
Most of the families are Rohingyas returning from Bangladesh, having fled their homes several months ago during an intense military crackdown in and around Maungdaw.
“Insurgents have opened their own so-called IDP camps, where they use the local people as human shields,” said Min Aung Hlaing.
“We would like to have access to all the people in need in order to do proper assessments, to help ease according to needs,” Peter Maurer said.