Chin conflict victims move shelter owing to bad weather Featured

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:31 Written by Chinland Guardian
Published in Chin News

06 May 2015 — Strong winds and heavy rains forced dozens of Chin villagers displaced by conflicts to move out from their temporary shelters along the Kaladan river into nearby places.

Steven, a Khumi youth group leader, said that it was dangerous for them to stay on the shores as bad weather hit the area, and that most of them had moved to nearby villages including Lohtin since last Saturday.

In an attempt to facilitate flows of relief assistance to the victims, community leaders formed two emergency relief committees, one in Pyin-so village and the other in Rangoon, according to the Khumi Media Group.

“Some are staying at village houses while others build new shelters in and near the villages,” said Steven.

More than an estimated 400 villagers have been taking shelter after fleeing fighting beetween the Burma Army and Arakan Army since March.

Meanwhile, the authorities in Arakan State said that at least 20 people detained on suspicion of having connections with the Arakan Army were to face interrogation by the police.

According to the Irrawaddy news, they could be charged under the Unlawful Association Act.

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