Representatives from ASEAN Secretariat and AHA Centre come to help in receiving returnees
Naypyitaw November 27
33rd ASEAN Summit held in Singapore decided and approved ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) to assess and evaluate requirements and work together and help in receiving returnees who were displaced from Rakhine State.
As per the decision, on 23, 24 and 25 November, preliminary coordination meeting with personnel from Disaster Management Department was held and discussed about observing the returnees receiving works, providing necessary cooperation and to help and evaluate requirements.
From 27 to 30 November, two representatives from ASEAN Secretariat accompanied by officials from Disaster Management Department will conduct a preliminary study visit to reception centres in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine State, it is learnt.
Local, foreign media group gather news on stability, preparedness of Maungtaw District
Maungtaw November 27
The media group travelled to Indin Village and asked the local people about their experiences during the terrorist attacks, the current state of stability in the area and the village’s socio- economic status. They also interviewed Maungtaw District Administrator.
The Administrator said that no returnee came back on 15 November, the day agreed by both Myanmar and Bangladesh to repatriate returnees. He also said that they would first review the returnees with the list sent by Bangladesh and then issue the National Verification Cards, perform medical examinations and send them to Hla Phoe Khaung Reception Centre for temporary accommodations. The returnees will be provided with rice, cooking oil, lentils, salt and a daily wage of Ks 1,000. The returnees will be provided with the materials to rebuild their houses in their village of origin and they will be reimbursed with the local daily wages for their participation in the construction process.
The media group then travelled to Hla Phoe Khaung Reception Centre and interviewed the centre’s director and asked about the centre’s readiness for repatriation and accommodating returnees.