Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 22:18 IST
A complete of 251 Myanmarese refugees have sought shelter in Mizoram’s Champhai district after the latest airstrikes on an rebel camp by the armed forces of the neighbouring nation, an official stated on Wednesday.
Champhai Deputy Commissioner James Lalrinchhana informed PTI that 251 Myanmar residents have entered India and brought shelter in three villages in Champhai because the airstrikes on the headquarters of Chin National Army (CNA).
The Myanmar armed forces had launched two aerial assaults focusing on Camp Victoria, the navy headquarters of CNA positioned near the India-Myanmar border, on January 10 and 11.
Five CNA cadres, together with two ladies, had been reportedly killed in the primary assault on January 10, whereas no casualty was reported in the second.
Although locals and a few organisations claimed that bombs fell on the Indian territory as nicely, a report submitted by the Champhai DC to the state Home Department on January 13 acknowledged that “one of many bombs or its shrapnel hit the Tiau River” that marks the India-Myanmar border.
The DC said 231 people have taken shelter in Farkawn village since the aerial attacks, while 17 Myanmarese were reported in Samthang village and three in Thekte village in Champhai district till Wednesday.
Altogether, 1,453 Myanmar nationals are currently taking shelter in Farkawn, 220 in Thekte and 24 in Samthang, he said.
According to the state Home Department, more than 30,400 Myanmar nationals are currently taking shelter in different parts of the state.
The government has set up 160 relief camps in eight of the 11 districts, it said.
The Myanmarese mostly come from Chin state and share ethnic ties with Mizos. They have been taking refuge in the northeastern state since February 2021 after the military junta seized power in the neighbouring country.
Mizoram shares a 510-km-long porous border with Myanmar.
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