The Myanmar Red Cross Society plans to build 60 temporary shelters for 600 displaced families in Rakhine State, with construction expected to start in January, an official from the organisation said last week.
U Maung Maung Khin, head of the society’s disaster management division, said the shelters will be built with help from the Qatar Red Crescent Society.
“We plan to build a total of 60 shelters in Rakhine State, each with 10 units for 10 families. Each shelter will be equipped with three toilets, two manual water tube wells and four water containers,” he said.
“We are waiting for the local government in Rakhine State to decide where the shelters should be located. We expect to start building them in January.”
According to a report released in early December by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 115,000 people have been displaced by the recent inter-communal violence in Rakhine State, and are in need of assistance.
U Maung Maung Khin said shelter, water and sanitation, and health care are among the primary needs of displaced families in the region.
He said MRCS teams have been providing ambulance service for emergency patients, as well as first aid and health care assistance, to the public in Sittwe.