Data Matters No. 50
In over two and a half years since the coup, at least 86,134 houses and buildings (including religious buildings) have been torched and destroyed, with 64 percent of these happening in 2022 alone. Although the number of incidents of arson increased this year following the declaration of martial law, they decreased again as the SAC forces’ offensive attacks changed to defensive measures in some area. Over 72 percent of houses and buildings torched and destroyed were from Sagaing Region, which has the highest number nationwide, at least 62,294. Within over two and a half years, incidents of arson occurred in at least 110 townships across the country.