Burma Times Correspondent: July 27, 2015
Almost all the villages in Kyauktaw and Akyab township have gone under water since Monday.
The situation seems especially bad in the villages of Kyauktaw where there is scant presence of relief agencies.
Rohingyas in both these areas have been facing difficulties going to work as the authorities forbid them to leave their designated areas for their ‘own security’. Activists however say this is a calculated measure to starve Rohingyas and force them on the ‘Malaysia’ boat.
As Rohingyas had limited access to livelihoods in the past few months, none of them have any extra savings. So as the floodwaters sweep through Arakan state, they are without any resources whatsoever.
In the meantime, many Rohingyas including children are passing their days in the water as they are afraid to move to dry ground which are supposedly occupied by Rakhines. Some administrators have asked the Rohingyas not to complain because they are fortunate to have whatever land the government gave them because they are Bengalis and not the rightful heirs of this land.
In Akyab, many of the IDP camps were built on marshy lowlands naturally not fit for human habitation. Aid groups have long been lobbying the government to shift these camps but this has not been possible due to fierce opposition by Buddhist nationalist groups who say as foreigners, Rohingyas need to be content with whatever they have been given.