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22 Jun 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A massive wall of water roared through a village in Tibet’s Sog county at the weekend, washing away several houses and damaging others in an incident local sources blamed on melting glaciers, the village leader told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Tuesday.

The June 16 incident in Sog (in Chinese, Suo) county’s Gyalchen township in the Nagchu (Naqu) prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region has resulted in “major hardships” for residents of the area, Yangphel, chief of Gyalchen’s No. 5 Village, said.

09 Jun 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Cambodia repatriated 16 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam on Thursday after they failed to meet requirements for gaining refugee status in Cambodia, Cambodian authorities said.

The 16, who agreed to return to Vietnam afte exhausting their appeals, were accompanied by officials from Cambodia and the U.N High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)  until they were handed over to Vietnamese authorities, a Cambodian immigration spokesman said.

08 Jun 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Four hundred people fled from gold and amber mines in a resource-rich area of northern Myanmar’s Kachin state following a warning by the army that soldiers were preparing to clear the area following a new round of fighting with an ethnic militia, local residents said Wednesday.

A mine worker named Worlay who left the mining region said he is one of a group of 78 people staying at a church in Tanaing town.

06 Jun 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Lawmakers from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state urged the government on Monday to build more ethnic Rakhine villages in Muslim-majority townships in the northern part of the state where a recent four-month crackdown on Rohingya Muslims forced tens of thousands of people to flee.

Replying to a question by Rakhine state legislator Thet Tun Aung during a meeting in the upper house of the state parliament, General Than Htut, deputy minister of border affairs, said 36 ethnic Rakhine villages had already been built in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships.

01 Jun 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

One person has been reported dead and about 1,000 buildings have been destroyed by Cyclone Mora which hit Myanmar’s west coast on Tuesday, said an official from the country’s social welfare ministry.

The weather event, which made landfall at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, unleashed torrential winds and rains on Rakhine and Chin states and the Ayeyarwaddy region.

It also battered refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in neighboring Bangladesh that house Muslim Rohingya from western Myanmar who fled a violent crackdown there last October.