In Kachin State the total IDP population remained stable in July, but increases were observed in camps in Myitkyina, Waingmaw and Bhamo Townships. This was largely a result of IDPs migrating from more remote camps to enable their children to enrol in schools. In northern Kachin, the food security situation remained precarious as rice shortages continue to afflict the area.
In the Magway Region, the food security situation in the Dry Zone was largely stable in July. Monsoon rains were progressively relieving the water shortages reported in April and May, leading to improved hygiene and more prevalent animal fodder.
In Rakhine state, the food security and nutrition situation remains precarious, particularly in conflict affected areas. In July, approximately 130,000 IDPs received food assistance in central Rakhine while close to 11,000 did in northern Rakhine. The food security situation in the camps remains relatively stable as assistance is largely sufficient to cover needs.
In Chin State, as the 2012 monsoon harvests were largely insufficient to cover food needs for the year, communities throughout face a longer than normal food gap in 2013. In July, reports of food shortages persisted, with indications that shortages are significant enough to force households to change consumption patterns.