Burma Times Correspondent: June 27, 2015
Flooding has spread to many areas of Arakan state following heavy rain.
The situation is especially bad in the IDP camps of Akyab which have remained submerged in water since Thursday night. Cooking and sanitation facilities are now non existent as everything is under water.
Many in the IDP camps say that they have not slept since Thursday as the floor of the IDP camps are under water. Few of the people here have bedsteads and many people including small children are in the water for hours.
Speaking from an IDP camp, one man says, “in the villages, we could live in a small dry place bundled altogether however inconvenient that was. If that was not possible we could have lived on trees. Here there is nothing but the water. We don’t even have beds or chairs to take refuge.”
The IDP camps are situated in marshy lands that are naturally not fit for human habitation. International agencies have long been lobbying the government to shift the IDPs but the government backtracked from such a measure under pressure from nationalists and anti Muslim groups.
Camp residents in Akyab allege the government want them dead without the international spotlight and the floods are a great way to achieve this aim.
Living standards in the IDP camps are considered worst in the world.
Meanwhile floods have also submerged villages in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Kyauktaw. The situation is especially bad in Nurulla fara and Chaira fara of Bagguinna in Maungdaw South where many villagers are living on trees since Friday morning.
There has been some flooding in Rathedaung also.