Burma Times Correspondent: August 22, 2015
Food shortages continue in Pungná cwéng, Akyab as the blockade on the Rohingya village continues.
Since early this year, the military in association with Rakhine villagers have imposed a strict blockade on the Rohingya village. This has made it impossible for Rohingyas to leave the area and earn an income. The lack of income has resulted in starvation-like circumstances.
Villagers are saying there are no Rohingya households in the area that can afford to eat more than once a day, if any at all.
During the floods, the Rohingyas were forbidden to leave their village even though it was inundated with water. The level of destruction has been horrific with nine people dead, 66 houses swept away by the floods and 140 suffering damages. Despite the destruction, the blockaded Rohingyas had to spend their days in knee deep water.
As the flood water receded, disease broke out and many especially infant children are suffering. The blockade has prevented Rohingyas from availing medical treatment.
The Rohingyas are also prevented from making repairs to their houses. At present, many Rohingyas live in makeshift homes constructed with plastics.
The Rohingya village at the Pungná cwéng area known as Siddokoll is surrounded by hostile Rakhine villages from all sides and it is impossible to escape the blockade, say locals.