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Myanmar Set for ‘Extreme Deprivation,’ UN Food Program Says

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WATCH: WFP Myanmar Country Director Anderson says seven months after the military takeover, hunger and desperation are skyrocketing across Myanmar. (Source: Bloomberg)

Myanmar’s Covid-19 outbreak has pushed more people into poverty, and the most vulnerable sections of the society may face “extreme deprivation” in the coming months, according to the United Nations World Food Program. 

“We’re concerned that the cumulative impact is putting pressure on the most vulnerable segments of society,” the food agency’s Country Director Stephen Anderson said in a Bloomberg Television interview with Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat on Wednesday. “These are people who spend about 70% of their household income just to buy food and something has to give.”