UN warns of deteriorating situation in Myanmar

The UN aid chief has warned that fighting in Myanmar is intensifying and more people will need humanitarian aid unless the violence ends.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said in a statement on Monday that the situation in Myanmar is deteriorating. He said more than 3 million people are in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance because of growing conflict.

Griffiths added that "in recent weeks, the situation in the northwest of the country has become extremely concerning." He explained that hostilities between Myanmar's military and armed civilian groups or armed ethnic minorities are escalating.

Griffiths said, "More than 37,000 people, including women and children, have been newly displaced" and more than 160 homes have been burned, including churches and the offices of a humanitarian organization.

Griffiths said attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure must stop immediately.

He called on the international community to fund the response to help the people of Myanmar.

The UN Security Council convened a closed session on Monday to discuss Myanmar. Britain and other countries that requested the meeting will release a joint statement.