Fighting displaces more Myanmar citizens, one year after deadly cyclone

People in Myanmar who survived a deadly cyclone one year ago are now threatened by a flare-up in fighting that is upending recovery work and displacing more citizens.

Cyclone Mocha bore down on Myanmar on May 14 last year, killing at least 455 people, mainly in the western state of Rakhine. About 7.9 million people in the country are estimated to have been affected by the disaster.

Ethnic minority forces launched attacks on Myanmar's military in Rakhine last fall. The United Nations says the fresh outbreak of hostilities has displaced more than 350,000 people in the state, as of early May.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, is concerned about the prospect of a further rise in the number of internally displaced people.

Babar Baloch of UNHCR Asia Pacific told NHK that "people have been doubly affected or even triple affected" as the conflict started while they were recovering from a natural disaster.

Baloch added that unless the fighting stops, it will be very hard for people to resume their normal lives.