Dysentery claims lives of more than 80 Rohingya IDPs in Sittwe

Aid workers blame the high death rate on the regime’s refusal to allow them into camps

More than 80 people, most of them Rohingyas living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), died of dysentery in Rakhine State’s Sittwe Township in the first three weeks of April, according to local relief workers.

Deaths have been reported in at least 10 camps and villages located in or near the Rakhine State capital, but there are also believed to be many other unreported cases, a person working with IDPs in the area told Myanmar Now.

“The outbreak of dysentery began more than a month ago, but the deaths started this month. Now, many people have died, and there are still many villages where we have not been able to compile the death toll,” he said. 

More than half of the confirmed deaths were reported in the Say Ta Ma camp and the village of Ohn Taw Gyi (South), which each had 27. The total number in. . .

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