Myanmar fighting pushes more refugees into Kamjong 4052 refugees shelter in relief camps


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Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, Dec 14 : Kamjong, a border district in Manipur, has witnessed more influx of Myanmar Nationals in the last couple of days as the armed confrontations between ethnic rebel groups and Myanmar military junta remain unabated.
According to Kamjong district administration, over 2060 Myanmar Nationals have crossed the border recently and are taking refuge in Manipur after this week's intense gunfight in the neighbouring country.
The police, on the other hand, said that the influx of Myanmarese at Phaikoh has increased from 500 to 1448, and from 431 to 1040 at Kheronram.
They also said that 1129 Myanmar Nationals arrived at Kasom block in the last 2-3 days.
Altogether 4052 Myanmarese refugees are taking shelter at the relief camps set up at Namlee, Wanglee, Kaka, Kheronram and Phaikoh village of Kamjong district currently.
Reportedly, military junta used fighter jets and helicopters to attack the rebel forces, however, the latter managed to overrun the Army camp at Ongiya and Thanan 4-5 days back.
These two villages (Ongiya and Thanan) are located close to Indo Myanmar border between Border Pillars 92 and 102 near Phaikoh and Skipe villages in Kamjong district.
Police are expecting more Myanmar Nationals to enter Manipur  in the next couple of days as there still is hostility between ethnic rebels and Military junta at Myothit, Zeti, Mandi and Pheichang villages of Myanmar.
Biometrics capturing exercise is still underway at Kamjong to  document the details of Myanmar Nationals at relief camps.
ADM, Kamjong HL Jain who is also the SDO in-charge of Kasom block informed that 1129 more Myanmarese entered Indian recently apart from those (435 refugees) who are taking already refuge since November 22  and they have been sent to the relief camps set up at Wanglee, Namlee and Kaka villages under Kasom sub-division.
It is reported that biometrics of the freshly entered Myanmar Nationals have been captured and the exercise is still continuing. Notably, Kamjong district shares an international border stretching about 104 km with Myanmar but the region is porous.