October 20, 2016

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Scared evacuees return home as government promises safety

Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pyu and Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung and Dr Win Myat Aye talking to officials during their visit to a police post in Maungtaw. Photo: MNA
Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pyu and Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung and Dr Win Myat Aye talking to officials during their visit to a police post in Maungtaw. Photo: MNA

With authorities pledging to provide better security and basic needs, evacuees who had temporarily left their homes in areas affected by the recent violent attacks in Rakhine State started returning home yesterday morning.
“Evacuees can now go back to their homes as the local police force has been better-equipped and reinforced with new police posts while the Tatmadaw is patrolling the region,” Union Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung told the local evacuees taking refuge in Aungmyaybodhi Alodawpyay in Maungtaw and civil society organisations.
Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr Win Myat Aye, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu and party visited the Aungmyaybodhi Alodawpyay Monastery on 19 October and paid homage to the Sayadaw before presenting offertories to the abbot.
The union ministers and party also met with evacuees at the monastery and attended to their needs. Later, they met with the evacuees and local civil society organisations at Sasana Beikmandawgyi in Maungtaw. At the meeting, Union Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung said that security measures have been taken for the stability and the rule of law in the sites affected by the recent violent attacks and surrounding areas.
“The government has tightened security in the region to accede to the requests of the people and civil society organisations.
In addition to existing police posts, new police stations have been deployed in the region, while the Tatmadaw is patrolling the area,” he said at the meeting.
He added that the government is ready to offer assistance for the returnees and basic needs and other assistance will be provided by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and related ministries.
The union minister also vowed to heed the advice of local civil society organizations. —Myanmar News Agency

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