YANGON — All displaced people taking shelter at 31 camps in Sittway, capital of Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, have returned home as the situation in the state returned to normalcy, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Rakhine state government sources as saying on Tuesday.
The returnees included the last batch of 123 Hindu people who have moved back from Sittway and are being sheltered at a camp set up near Maungtaw regional government office as they are repairing their homes burnt down earlier by extremist terrorists.
The local authorities are allocating land to those who lost their home in the terrorist attacks and providing food and security to all communities in the area, the report said.
Myanmar’s authorities plan to complete construction of repatriation camps and houses for local people in conflict-affected areas in northern Rakhine within one month.
As part of implementation of rehabilitation and resettlement process by the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development (UEHRD), construction of the infrastructures including buildings, roads, water and electricity supply were launched in November in northern Rakhine.
The construction of the infrastructures has been implemented by construction team, one of nine private sector task forces, which was formed to join the Aung San Suu Kyi-led mechanism of UEHRD in northern Rakhine.
Meanwhile, youth volunteers have also started their program of providing humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas in Buthidaung and Maungtaw townships in northern Rakhine.
State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi prioritized three main tasks to be done in Rakhine, namely repatriation of refugees who have crossed over to Bangladesh and providing humanitarian assistance effectively, resettlement and rehabilitation, and bringing development to the region and establishing lasting peace.
Myanmar’s government has been implementing some short-term projects to bring peace, stability and development in northern Rakhine after the region regained security and stability.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army extremist terrorists launched fresh attacks on police outposts in Rakhine on Aug. 25, displacing residents from a number of areas in Maungtaw district.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK