A large number of families
in the Rakhine region are apprehending if their houses would be sealed by the
military junta as they fled the village due to the ongoing conflicts. A
resident of Taungup township revealed the anxieties of war-fleeing families
to Narinjara News recently.
Moreover, the junta is
reportedly threatening actions against the villagers who constructed bomb
On 4 February, a military
council column inspected houses in the urban wards of Taungup locality and
compelled the owners to refill the ground where bomb shelters were created.
soldiers are patrolling the town, inspecting some particular houses. They
warned the residents with bomb shelters and asked to refill those
immediately,” added the resident.
Many individuals in the
locality, who fled their places out of fear, remain apprehensive if their
houses would be sealed.
"There are rumours that
the junta is planning to seal off the houses. We are worried, even though
we have no details,” said another resident.
The individuals travelling
for health reasons are permitted with a recommendation from the general
administrator. But the import of goods is still prohibited leading to
disruption in the flow of essential goods.
"The cost of gasoline
surged to 25,000 MMK a month ago. Last week, it dropped to 15,000 MMK. Now the
stockpiled gasoline is on sale at the rate of 8,500 MMK,” added the
Currently, the junta forces
are conducting regular patrolling in Taungup’s urban areas. The residents also
reported that military activities at the jetties continued putting the
civilians in trouble while moving out of the township.