Sittwe, May (17)

The residents of Rakhine State, which was the hardest hit by Cyclone Mocha, are in desperate need of shelters and drinking water, said the Arakan Army (AA) and the aid workers.

The powerful Cyclone Mocha, which hit on May 14, damaged buildings in almost all townships in Rakhine State, leaving people homeless and in need of assistance for accommodation.

The chief of the Arakan Army (AA), Major General Tun Myat Naing, said on May 16 that Rakhine who were affected by the storm are in urgent need of shelter, clean drinking water, and medicine, as well as access to electricity, the internet, and phone lines.

Therefore, AA has made a special appeal to NGOs, INGOs, and local social organizations to cooperate closely with the Arakan People’s Administration and provide the necessary assistance for the Arakan.

Sittwe was the hardest struck by the storm, with more than 90% of the city destroyed and hundreds of refugees, including children, women, pregnant moms, and the elderly, mainly killed, but Than Lwin Times has not been able to confirm this.

Many people may have died as a result of the storm, according to rescue workers on the ground, but the exact number has yet to be identified, and the Rakhine authorities have yet to provide any information.

People affected by the storm are currently taking shelter in temporary camps, and because the majority of the camps are near the sea, residents claim they are unsafe.

On May 15, the day after the cyclone hit, military leader General Min Aung Hlaing arrived in Sittwe and instructed the officials to provide assistance to storm-affected people.

On May 15, the military council declared 17 townships in Rakhine State, including Sittwe, Kyauk Phyu, An, and Man Aung, which were affected by the storm, as disaster areas under Article 11 of the Natural Disaster Management Law.

 News – Than Lwin Times

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