Over 200 refugees from Myanmar seeking asylum in Mizoram following recent airstrikes: Reports

Guwahati: Following recent airstrikes by the military forces of the neighbouring country on a rebel camp, a total of 251 Myanmarese refugees have sought safety in the Champhai district of Mizoram, said an official on January 19.

In an interview with a national daily, Champhai Deputy Commissioner James Lalrinchhana reported that 251 Myanmar nationals have entered India and sought asylum in three Champhai villages since the airstrikes on the headquarters of the Chin National Army (CNA).

The military troops of Myanmar attacked Camp Victoria the command centre for the CAN on the border with Myanmar twice on January 10 and 11.

Five CAN cadres, including two women, were said to have died in the first strike on January 10 while no one was injured in the second incident.

The Tiau River, which serves as the border between India and Myanmar, was hit by one of the bombs or its shrapnel, according to a report that the Champhai DC gave to the state Home department on January 13. Bombs allegedly dropped on Indian Territory, according to locals and a few NGOs.

According to the DC, 231 persons have taken refuge in Farkawn village since the aircraft attacks. 17 Myanmarese were reported in Samthang village and three in Thekte village in the Champhai district as of January 18.

According to him, there are currently 220 people in Thekte, 24 people in Samthang, and 1453 people from Myanmar seeking refuge in Farkawn.

According to the state Home Department, there are currently more than 30,400 people from Myanmar looking for shelter around the state.

It said that in eight out of the eleven districts, the administration has set over 160 relief camps.

The bulk of people in Myanmar originate from the Chin state, where they are related to Mizo people racially. They have sought refuge in the northeastern state ever since the military junta seized power in the neighbouring country in February 2021.

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