Real vs. Fake News

Mingalabar! Welcome to Than Lwin Times’ Real vs. Fake News program.

This program verifies fake news and misinformation about revolutionary events spread on social media after the military takeover.

Today, we will check the report that Rohingya in Sittwe refugee camps died because they refused to move despite the military regime’s storm warning.

This content has been disseminated via the junta-proxy Telegram accounts of Khin Nyo Chaw, Sergeant Phoe Si, and Han Nyein Oo since May 17.

Military lobbyists have been spreading rumors online with photos saying, “When the cyclone made landfall, the chairman and vice chairman of the military council monitored the situation of the storm at the command centers and directed relief operations in a timely manner. Despite repeated storm warnings, there have been cases of deaths among Rohingya”.

 The Than Lwin Times looked into the posts shared by fake Telegram accounts of junta supporters and found them to be misinformation.

“The military council didn’t provide timely information on the cyclone Mocha and failed to organize emergency evacuations for over 100,000 Rohingya refugees living in the coastal villages of Maungdaw and Sittwe”, reported reliable media outlets citing Rohingya.

The Rohingya refugees living in the coastal areas were not allowed to move freely because of the military council’s restrictions, and so were unable to seek shelter when the cyclone hit.

The advisor of the NUG’s Human Rights Ministry, U Aung Kyaw Moe, said that there were few casualties due to the storm in areas controlled by the Arakan Army (AA), while the number of deaths in junta-held territories was high, according to Narinjara Agency.

It is also reported that the military council still blocked access to the storm-affected areas in Rakhine for five days after the storm.

The statement of U Aung Kyaw Moe, the advisor of NUG’s Ministry of Human Rights

Narinjara News Agency’s report

Myanmar Now’s report

According to the reliable sources mentioned above, the report that Rohingya in Sittwe refugee camps died because they refused to move despite the army’s cyclone warning, is just false information spread by the junta supporters.

Than Lwin Times

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