After airstrikes over 200 Myanmarese seeking shelter in Champhai
Aizawl: A total of 251 Myanmar refugees have sought refuge in Mizoram’s Champhai district following a recent airstrike by the neighboring country’s armed forces on a rebel camp, an official said on Wednesday.
Champhai Deputy Commissioner James Lalrinchhana told PTI that 251 Myanmar nationals have entered India since the airstrike on the Chin National Army (CNA) headquarters and have taken refuge in three villages in Champhai.
On January 10 and 11, the Myanmar Armed Forces carried out two airstrikes targeting CNA’s military headquarters, Camp Victoria, located near the India-Myanmar border.
Five CNA cadres, including two women, were reportedly killed in the first attack on January 10, while no casualties were reported in the second attack.
Although local people and some organizations claimed that the bombs had also fallen on Indian soil, a report submitted by the Champaign DC to the state home department on January 13 stated that “one of the bombs or its The shell hit the Tiau River” which points to India – Myanmar border.
The DC said 231 people have taken shelter in Farkawn village since the airstrikes, while 17 Myanmarese were reported in Samthang village and three in Thekte village of Champhai district as of Wednesday.
In total, 1,453 Myanmar nationals are currently taking refuge in Farkawn, 220 in Thekte and 24 in Samthang, he said.
According to the state home department, more than 30,400 Myanmar citizens are currently taking refuge in different parts of the state.
He said that the government has set up 160 relief camps in eight districts out of 11.
Myanmarese mostly come from the Chinese state and share ethnic ties with the Mizos. They have been taking refuge in the northeastern state since February 2021 after a military junta seized power in the neighboring country.
Mizoram shares a 510 km unsecured border with Myanmar.