1. After an airstrike by the Myanmar army near the Indo-Myanmar border, around 5000 Myanmar nationals seek refuge in Zokhawthar, Mizoram.
2. Zokhawthar, a village bordering Myanmar, becomes a temporary shelter for the displaced individuals.
3. The district administration, NGOs, the Young Mizo Association, and the Village Council provide essential aid, including food, clothing, and medical supplies, to support the refugees.
Aizawl, Nov 19: Following an airstrike by the Myanmar army near the Indo-Myanmar border, around 5000 Myanmar nationals have sought refuge in the Zokhawthar area of Mizoram’s Champhai district. Zokhawthar, a village sharing its border with Myanmar, has become a temporary shelter for the displaced.
In response to the crisis, the district administration, along with NGOs, the Young Mizo Association, and the Village Council, has stepped in to provide essential aid to the refugees. This includes provisions such as food, clothing, and medical supplies, aiming to support those affected by the conflict.
The refugees are currently housed in temporary tents set up in Zokhawthar. Leaders of the Young Mizo Association in the area have reported the establishment of four to five relief and refugee camps to accommodate those seeking safety.
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The ongoing conflict between the Myanmar Army and the People’s Defence Force (PDF) has led to an escalation in the number of refugees entering India.
This recent influx has prompted a crucial meeting between Assam Rifles officers, village chiefs from Mizoram, and leaders of the Young Mizo Association. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and address the growing refugee crisis in the border villages.
This is not the first wave of displacement in the region. Since the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021, approximately 32,000 Myanmar nationals have sought refuge in various districts of Mizoram, including the Zokhawthar village. The ongoing conflict continues to force people to flee their homes, seeking safety and shelter across the border.