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Chin State residents abandon towns, seek shelter in Tedim

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The entire population of Kahngen village, some 127 people from 40 houses, has abandoned their homes due to flooding and landslides and sought refuge in nearby Tedim.

They are currently taking shelter in a local Baptist church.

The Chin families fled their town on foot, fearing for their safety in Kahngen, about 28 kilometres from Tedim. Five of the arrivals are being taken to Tedim hospital, suffering diarrhoea.

Paupi, a community leader in Tedim, said more people were expected to arrive from other villages.

“We received news that all residents from Vongmual and Tuisau villages are also arriving here soon as their places are no longer safe,” said Paupi.

He said that people from Laibung were moving to Akluai village, and that Tuivial residents are in search of a new town to resettle in.

Paupi told the Chinland Guardian that the town had not received any humanitarian assistance, adding: “As we are running out of food supplies, and we are in urgent need of support”.

Residents in two Hakha township villages, Khuabe and Beutu, have already evacuated their homes, leaving at the beginning of August due to widespread flooding and landslides in the area.

This article was originally published on Chinland Guardian on 11 August.