According to a police spokesman, at least 12,939 Myanmar citizens, including women and children, are currently seeking refuge in various districts of Mizoram.
Due to ongoing clashes between the Myanmar military and local civilian militia members, more refugees from Myanmar’s Chin state continue to reach Mizoram’s southern and eastern border regions, a police officer said on Saturday.
According to him, at least 12,939 Myanmar nationals, including women and children, are currently seeking refuge in various sections of the state.
The number of the nationalist keeps changing
According to the police officer, full information on 1,518 Myanmar nationals has yet to be recorded.
Their number fluctuates because new arrivals arrive practically daily, and some who live near the international border come and leave on a regular basis, he said.
Local citizens, community leaders, NGOs, churches, and individuals, according to the police officer, provide shelter and food to Myanmar nationals.
State police data
According to state police data, 9,411 refugees were lodged in six border districts: Champhai, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Serchhip, Hnahthial, and Saitual.
The Myanmar citizens are being housed in all eleven districts, with Champhai having the greatest number at 5,998, and Aizawl having 1,622 people, according to the data.
According to MC Lalramenga, president of the Tuipuiral group of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), roughly 2,690 Myanmar nationals are currently taking refuge in the Tuipuiral region, which consists of 21 villages in the Champhai district near the Indo-Myanmar border.
Refugees from Myanmar’s Chin state have been pouring into the border villages, and more are expected after the harvest, according to him.
Locals set up relief camps and temporary shelters in 14 villages inside the Tuipuiral area, he said.
In addition to monetary aid, certain churches, such as Presbyterian, Baptist, and Roman Catholic, donate food and clothing to refugees.
Lalhmachhuana, vice president of the Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA), claimed the organization has just disbursed Rs 15 lakh to help Myanmar nationals.
According to him, the money was raised through public donations.
Next week, he said, the organization will deliver two truckloads of garments to two southern border regions for Myanmar nationals.
Myanmar and Mizoram have a 510-kilometer international border.
According to officials, the border regions of Champhai, Siaha, Lawngtlai, and Hnahthial saw the most migration from Myanmar after September 7.
Since the military junta took control in a coup in February, the northeastern state has been dealing with an inflow of Myanmarese refugees.
The majority of the Myanmar people who have migrated to Mizoram are from the Chin ethnic group, which shares ethnic relations with the Mizos.
Despite the Mizoram government’s repeated demands for Myanmar people to be granted asylum on humanitarian grounds, the Centre has remained silent on the issue.