zoramthanga: Zoramthanga writes to PM Modi, seeks aid for Myanmar refugees | Guwahati News


AIZAWL: Mizoram CM Zoramthanga has again shot off a letter to PM Narendra Modi, seeking humanitarian aid for thousands of Myanmar refugees flooding the state in the wake of the military coup in the neighbouring country and after the clashes that intensified recently.
Zoramthanga, who also sent a copy of his letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla, secretary of the external affairs ministry, asked the Centre to sanction at least Rs 10 crore for providing immediate relief to the refugees.
In his letter to Modi on Wednesday, the CM asked for Rs 5 crore to provide food, Rs 3 crore for construction of accommodations and Rs 2 crore formedicine and healthcare facilities to the refugees.
Zoramthanga had earlier sent a missive to Modi on June 18, seeking help in providing humanitarian aid to the refugees. Chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo had also written to the secretary of the ministry of external affairs on the issue on April 29.
State planning board vice-chairman H Rammawi on Thursday said unless the Centre acts fast, the situation would worsen, resulting in a famine-like situation, especially in the areas bordering Myanmar where the refugees are staying in small villages.
In the meanwhile, at least 200 refugees from Myanmar have entered the state since Wednesday night, said village leaders along the Mizoram-Myanmar border areas. MC Lalramenga, president of the Tuipuiral Group Young Mizo Association (YMA) in Champhai district, said 129 refugees entered and took shelter in 6 villages — Farkawn (56), Khuangleng (23), Sazep (22), Thekte (18), Leithum (8) and Vangchhia (2). The villages are within the East Tuipui assembly constituency.
Sources in Champhai town said around 30 refugees, which included a few soldiers who deserted the Myanmar army under the military council which named itself the “State Administration Council’ , have entered.





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