Burma Times Correspondent: July 30, 2015
As strong winds and heavy rain preceding cyclone Komen sweep the Maungdaw coastal area, Rakhine civilians are being evacuated by the authorities and taken to safe shelters.
Meanwhile the authorities are totally ignoring the evacuation of Rohingyas in the area.
In 2013, many Rohingyas were in fact pushed to the sea when a cyclone was expected to make landfall. Although this has not been the case yet, the safety of Rohinyas are totally being ignored by the authorities.
In the coming hours, most Rakhines are expected to be taken to safe areas. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis killed hundreds of thousands of people in the area, an episode the government will be eager to avoid in a crucial election year. The lives of Rohingyas however seem to be of little concern as the beleaguered community continues to be shut out by most sections of society.
Rohingyas in the area say there will be a disaster of epic proportions if the cyclone makes landfall in the Maungdaw coastal area.
Komen is expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon, according to meteorological predictions.
Due to the cyclone, news by Burma Times might be disrupted in the coming days.