Statement to Respond Social Media Reports about 400 Deaths of Bengali People Living at IDP Camps in Sittwe Township in the Aftermath of Cyclone Mocha

The Rakhine state Chief Minister, the chairman of the state-level Natural Disaster Management Committee and the Western Command Commander had led the evacuation process across Rakhine state ranging from district to ward/village level since the morning of 12 May.

Undertaking the evacuation process, the elders, children and people with disabilities -PWDs were properly put into the lists of priority. After that, able persons were evacuated in groups. In this regard, out of 125,789 Bengali people at 17 IDP camps, 63,302 who actually needed to move to safe places were evacuated to disaster-resistant buildings and cyclone shelters.

According to the data collected after Cyclone Mocha up to 17 May, the news statement about 48 deaths of four military personnel, 18 locals and 26 Bengali people, was already released. According to further reports as of 18 May, the death toll has reached to 97 including 6 locals and 91 Bengali people. The related-information has been released in timely-manner.

People dead in the cyclone were the ones who decided to stay at homes with their own consent without following the evacuation program arranged by officials concerned. The social media reports about 400 deaths of Bengali people are totally not true and therefore, it is here announced that harsh actions as per existing laws will be taken against the social media pages that are causing panic among public by disseminating fake news and disinformation.

 

Source: Myawady Daily Newspaper (20-5-2023)

  • Out of 125,789 Bengali people at 17 IDP camps, 63,302 who actually needed to move to safe places were evacuated to disaster-resistant buildings and cyclone shelters before the Cyclone Mocha made its landfall.
  • According to further reports as of 18 May, the death toll has reached to 97 including 6 locals and 91 Bengali people. People dead in the cyclone were the ones who decided to stay at homes with their own consent without following the evacuation program arranged by officials concerned.
  • The social media reports about 400 deaths of Bengali people are totally not true and therefore, it is here announced that harsh actions as per existing laws will be taken against the social media pages that are causing panic among public by disseminating fake news and disinformation.

 

engdate: 
Monday, May 22, 2023 - 11:15
month: 
May, 2023