Burma Times Correspondent: July 29, 2015
Residents of villages in the Mrauk area have been moving out from their homes engulfed by flood water.
Since Eid, a strict blockade on the movement on the Rohingyas in the area had prevented them from catching fish in the rivers. Fishing is the only source of livelihood for most Rohingyas in the area as all agricultural lands have been seized by the government and nationalist forces following the 2012 riots.
As a result of the bloackade, there has been starvation with many Rohingya households not having a proper meal for ten days.
So as flood waters have swept through Mrauk U, many affected Rohingyas are jokingly saying that this natural disaster has been good them. The floodwater has swept away the administration and the forces that should have been enforcing the blockade are nowhere to be seen. So Rohingyas are freer than normal times to look for food. One Rohingya man Salam said, “This is probably the only place in the world where floods make people happy.”
Still there are impending problems for the Mrauk U Rohingyas. The floodwater will mean diseases and the inevitable food shortages. For the time being, ignoring fears of security forces and Buddhist nationalists, Rohingyas are looking to survive just another day.