REUTERS/Ann WangThe dual impacts of the pandemic and Myanmar's political crisis triggered by a military coup could result in nearly half the population, or as many as 25 million people, dropping into poverty by 2022, the United Nations Development Programme warns.
In a report released on Friday, UNDP said the effect of the crises could push millions more people into poverty.
"Half of all children in Myanmar could be living in poverty within a year," said Wignaraja, adding already vulnerable internally displaced people also faced more pressure.
Pressure on Myanmar's currency, the Kyat, has also increased the price of imports and energy, the report said, while the banking system remains paralysed.
"As stated by the U.N. secretary-general, the scale of the crisis requires an urgent and unified international response," said Wignaraja.
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