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Myanmar floods affect 21,000 Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar floods affect 21,000 Rohingya Muslims
August 05
10:09 2015

Heavy rains and flooding caused by cyclone Komen in Myanmar affects camps housing thousands of Rohingya Muslims who were displaced by state sponsored violence in the country’s Arakan (Rakhine) state, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

“In 24 camps assessed so far, a quarter of the temporary shelters are damaged, and more than 21,000 displaced people affected as a result,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Tuesday.

Alongside Chin state and the Sagaing and Magway regions, Arakan (Rakhine) has been declared a natural disaster zone by the Myanmar government.

“The floods are hitting children and families who are already very vulnerable, including those living in camps in Arakan (Rakhine) state,” said Shalini Bahuguna, from the UN Children’s Fund on Monday.

According to reports, security forces turned out Muslims from abandoned schools and community centers where they had taken shelter.

Also On Monday, the Myanmar government announced that 39 people had died due the flooding that has so far affected over 200,000 people.

The UN recognizes the Rohingya Muslims as one of the world’s most persecuted communities, who were forced to move from their homes to make-shift coastal camps in 2012, following deadly attacks by government-backed Buddhist extremists.

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Source: Press TV.



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