Burma Times Special Report: August 01, 2015
Most Rohingya houses in Northern Arakan state have been destroyed due to cyclone Komen that triggered heavy rain and floods throughout the region on Thursday night. Many families that owned livestock have lost everything due to the storm and floods.
In Maungdaw town, at least three children have died from strong winds that destroyed the huts they were residing at that time. Family members say the casualties would not have happened if the authorities had allowed them to move to shelters. There have likely been more fatalities especially in the townships of Kyauktaw and Mrauk U where there is severe flooding as a result of the cyclone Komen.
Our correspondents and sources from every Rohingya inhabited township reported that there were no single household in the area that did not incur some kind of damage from the strong winds. Additionally the water level has risen alarmingly causing severe hardships for Rohingyas living in the lowlands.
In Buthidaung township, many villages are submerged in six feet of water. The situation in Rathedaung and Akyab is only slightly better but with extreme food shortages especially in the IDP camps of the area.
In Maungdaw area, the flood level is only slightly better than other townships but due to close proximity of the cyclone, strong winds have caused much damage.
This damage was done in spite of the cyclone weakening before hitting the coast of the Chittagong region of neighbouring Bangladesh.
According to our correspondents and sources, the administration was vigilant in aiding the Rakhine populace but did noting to help the Rohingyas. On the contrary, Rohingyas were blockaded and prevented from reaching safer areas.