The Myanmar Red Cross warned Tuesday that there are 236,000 people who need urgent help throughout the country and the organization is to ramp up its humanitarian response to the growing crisis unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic and aggravated by the military coup.

"Covid-19 has caused immense economic hardship across Myanmar in the past year. The current crisis has led to further social and economic upheaval. Many people are struggling to earn an income and have very limited access to

It warned that factory and business closures are indicative of an emerging economic crisis with thousands of people out of work and noted that those living without income in informal settlements in urban areas are particularly vulnerable.