MYANMAR: Rats exacerbate food insecurity in Chin State

Published on 03 February 2009

Food insecurity in Myanmar's remote and impoverished Chin State, northwestern Myanmar, has worsened following a major infestation of rats. "It has been well documented that food insecurity in Chin is chronic," Chris Kaye, country representative for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) told IRIN from Yangon, the former Burmese capital. "The rat infestation has made this acute in several areas and this acute situation remains, particularly among communities in Madupi and Paletwa [townships]," he said. According to WFP, farmers are now struggling to meet day-to-day food needs and resorting to edibles gathered from the forests.

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