Palaw, April (21)

Some villages in Tanintharyi Region’s Palaw Township, where martial law has been declared, are facing shortages of rice and basic food items because the military council has imposed restrictions on the transportation of goods, locals told Than Lwin Times.

Since February, the military council has opened checkpoints at the entrances and exits of Palaw Township and on the roads leading to the villages, restricting the transportation of foodstuffs, rice, and medical supplies.

The restrictions imposed by the military council since the third week of April have resulted in shortages of rice and basic foodstuffs in some villages, including Minhtein, Latpanpin, Kabyar, and Kade in Palaw Township.

A resident said that in some villages where there was no fighting, the price of rice and food items has skyrocketed and it is not easy to buy them.

Pawhsan Hmwe currently costs over 100,000 Kyats a bag in Palaw Township, while coarse rice is priced at over 70,000 Kyats per bag.

In addition, the military council has restricted the transportation of rice, medicine, and fuel to the villages outside Palaw, interrogating the carriers and sometimes arresting them.

Locals claimed that on April 16, regime troops detained a woman, the owner of a grocery store, and her husband while they were at the meditation center in Palaw.

According to the revolutionary forces, there are frequent clashes between the junta army and the PDFs in Palaw Township which was placed under martial law, and the military council is using a four-cut strategy.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo – Dona-Tanintharyi Refugee Support Group

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