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Over 10,700 displaced people from violence-hit Manipur seek shelter in Mizoram and Assam

The violence in Manipur has rendered a significant number of individuals fleeing the State and taking refuge in Mizoram and Assam. More than 10,700 people, predominantly tribal communities, have been displaced from their homes and sought refuge in Mizoram and southern Assam following violent ethnic conflicts that erupted in Manipur on May 3 last.  

According to officials in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, a total of 9,501 tribal individuals from Manipur have taken shelter in ten districts across the state. Tragically, three displaced individuals, including two children, have lost their lives in Mizoram camps.

In addition, two people were killed in a road accident near Saitual town while fleeing from their homes in Churachandpur, Manipur.

Among the districts in Mizoram, Kolasib has provided shelter to the highest number of displaced people, with 3,481 individuals seeking refuge there.

Aizawl and Saitual districts have accommodated 3,157 and 2,390 displaced individuals, respectively.

Additionally, smaller numbers of displaced people have taken refuge in Champhai, Khawzawl, Serchhip, Mamit, Lunglei, Hnahthial, and Siaha.

To address the situation, the Mizoram government has formed a committee led by Home Minister Lalchamliana.

This committee comprises representatives from the Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizoram Journalists' Association, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), and several ministers.

The committee was established at the directive of Chief Minister Zoramthanga to address various aspects related to the internally displaced people from Manipur. The violence in Manipur has resulted in over 100 fatalities and 320 injuries.

In order to provide assistance to the displaced individuals from Manipur, the Mizoram government has decided to carry out proper profiling and registration of those affected. Furthermore, efforts are underway to enroll displaced children in government schools.

Presently, around 9,501 tribal individuals from Manipur are being housed in various community halls, churches, government buildings, and the homes of relatives.

In a separate development, approximately 1,200 men, women, and children from Manipur have sought shelter in around 12 camps located in Assam's Cachar district. Officials in Silchar have stated that the Assam government is providing food and shelter to displaced individuals.

Meanwhile, officials in Imphal have reported that in Manipur, a total of 37,450 individuals from different communities are currently being accommodated in 272 relief camps, including community halls, across 13 of the state's 16 districts. (Edited)

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