Burma Times Desk Report: August 05, 2015
Despite dire need of humanitarian assistance, Rohingyas are yet to get any aid.
The humanitarian situation is especially bad in Akyab and Kyauktaw.
Local humanitarian organisations and opposition pro democracy activists have started collecting aid in the streets of Yangon. The government has also asked the international community for aid. But media reports say there are barriers to reach the population affected by floods.
In previous years, the government has seemed less concerned with the plight of disaster affected people. However this is a crucial election year and the government is eager to build an image for themselves where they are seen to be helping the people.
While some support has reached Rakhine areas, Rohingyas living even in the immediate vicinity has been totally ignored. In Kyauktaw, Rohingyas were turned out of shelters while in Akyab they have been warned not to move out of their neighbourhoods even when they are submerged in flood water.
Rohingyas have scant support in mainstream Burmese society where anti Muslim groups hold popular sway.