The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the Rakhine State Government are providing food to the residents of the state while security forces are tightening security in the area.
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye and Rakhine State Chief Minister, together with state ministers, visited Pantawpyin, Ywathitke, TatOoChaung, Gawduthara and Oodaung villages in southern Maungtaw and provided rice, edible oil, salt, pulses, beans and dried fish to residents.
Local residents said that they did not have any difficulty for food and shelter but they were afraid to go from one place to another due to security situation.
“Schools have already been reopened in ethnic villages but I have not seen so in other villages,” said Village Administrator U Tin Aung of Gawduthera Village.
The union minister and party proceeded to Maungtaw Township Hospital and comforted patients there in the afternoon.
Later, the union minister and party visited northern ethnic villages in Maungtaw including Aungzeya, Aungtharya and Aungmingala and presented food and toys for children in the villages.
“We assigned sentry for the security of the village. Schools have already been reopened but there are only a few teachers as they have not returned,” said a villager from Aungmingala Village.
Afterwards, the union minister and party went to the Headquarters of No 1 Border Guard Police Headquarters and met with families there before presenting snacks and toys for children.
“We visited the villages where violent attacks broke out including four ethnic villages and four other villages to provide food such as rice, edible oil and pulses and beans. I noticed that all children in villages we visited are healthy, quite contrary to the rumours that they are malnourished,” the union minister said.—Myanmar News Agency