Over 7,000 villagers were forced to flee, many into the forest, as a column of 200 junta soldiers rampaged through Yinmabin Township leaving a trail of destruction.
More than 250 civilians have been killed and over 150,000 left homeless as the junta conducts air strikes and torches property amid the clashes, a rights group said.
With the UN envoy warning that Myanmar’s IDP crisis has ‘international ramifications’, Malaysia urged expanded powers for ASEAN’s envoy ahead of his upcoming visit.
IDPs in Kayah State are now afraid to use blue tarpaulins for shelter because junta pilots are targeting them, an aid worker said.
Aid workers said the displaced persons camp in Lay Kay Kaw, recently the scene of intense fighting between junta and resistance forces, lacks isolation facilities.
Residents continue to flee junta artillery and air raids, particularly in Loikaw and Demoso, with some sheltering in forests; aid efforts have been halted in some areas.
Migrant laborers in Thailand and elsewhere are donating their time and meager wages to a variety of anti-regime causes, as well as to assisting refugees and IDPs on the border.
The group added that regime forces’ artillery and airstrikes have displaced tens of thousands of civilians, creating a humanitarian crisis in southeastern Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy documents the plight of some of the thousands of villagers forced to flee fighting in Karen State to temporary camps on the Moei River on the Thai border.
Noeleen Heyzer’s call comes as fighting intensifies in areas controlled by the KNU in Karen State and Bago Region, causing more civilians to flee their homes.
The humanitarian situation is deteriorating as civilians seek refuge in Thailand amid continued fighting, including junta air strikes, in and around Lay Kay Kaw.
Some 5,000 villagers have crossed the border and about 10,000 are displaced in the area as the regime intensifies its offensives near the Thai border in Karen State.
At least 18 have been killed and eight captured in fighting with the KNLA and PDF groups in the Karen State town over the past week.