Myanmar junta’s aerial assault on the Arakan Army (AA) in Chin State’s Paletwa Township have forced more than 500 villagers to flee to the India side of Mizoram State.
A fierce armed clash between the Rakhine ethnic armed force AA and the Myanmar junta army occurred near Meik-wah village, Paletwa Township on September 1.
“We dare not stay in the village. Junta’s aerial bombs landed near our village. It was terrifying. We had to flee our homes,” said a villager.
All Meik-wah villagers fled their homes. Most of them crossed Indo-Burma border and entered into Mizoram State.
Local news outlets in Mizoram reported that over 560 villagers from Myanmar side arrived in four villages in Lawngtlai District on September 2.
The Mizoram government’s report on Myanmar refugees last month estimates that over 30,000 refugees have entered into Mizoram since Myanmar military coup in February 2021.
Chin humanitarian groups including Chin Human Rights Organization have estimated that around 40,000 Myanmar refugees from Chin State have sheltered in different places of Mizoram since the coup.