Shelter camps to be set up in Chandel by Govt for Myanmarese

Shelter camps to be set up in Chandel by Govt for Myanmarese

Manipur: The Manipur government has asked the district authorities of Chandel district to set up a shelter in Gamphazol village for people fleeing from conflict-torn Myanmar.

Tribal Affairs and Mountain Development Minister Letpao Haokip, who visited the village of Gamphazol and spoke to more than 100 Myanmar migrants, told authorities to “set up a temporary shelter and put up a barbed wire fence around the camp.”
Haokip was recently appointed as the head of the newly formed cabinet sub-committee on the directives of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Law Minister Thounaojam Basanta Singh and Water Resources and Relief and Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai are also members of the sub-committee.
“Construction of a temporary shelter has begun where food, medicine and other necessities will be provided to the migrants,” Haokip later told the media.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Chandel district, Mayanglambam Rajkumar told PTI, “We are in the process of verifying the migrants. We expect that around 400-600 migrants from Myanmar are seeking asylum in Chandel district. But we cannot tell the exact number. As official work is going on.”
Earlier this week, the Tengnoupal District Magistrate issued a notification that a special campaign for verification and identification was being conducted in the district and that “illegal immigrants will not be arrested or detained” but all Humanitarian aid will be temporarily extended until they are identified. Appropriate deportation or any other decision regarding them shall be taken by the competent Central or State Government.
Myanmar’s military took control of the country in February 2021 after a coup. Manipur shares a 390 km international border with Myanmar.

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