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Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century. ― Google

Capital: Naypyidaw

Population: 54.41 million (2020) World Bank

Continent: Asia

Currency: Myanmar kyat

Official language: Burmese

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Rohingya crisis – Maritime movements

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A boat carrying over 160 Rohingya refugees has been reported to be currently in distress at sea near the Nicobar islands (India). The boat has been adrift for weeks in the Andaman sea due to a broken engine, and has run out of supplied. At least 16 passengers have reportedly died.

On 10 December, another boat carrying Rohingya refugees was reportedly rescued by a Vietnamese vessel and its passengers handed over to Myanmar authorities.

On 18 December, 105 Rohingya refugees were rescued by Sri Lankan Navy, and allowed to disembark.

There has been a dramatic increase in Andaman Sea crossings in 2022, especially since November, with a six-fold increase of mostly Rohingya people undertaking perilous sea journeys from Myanmar and Bangladesh in hopes of reaching Malaysia. 119 people have been reported dead or missing according to UNHCR.

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Humanitarian Impact
  160
      Affected Persons
  160
        Displaced Persons
  119
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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