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Thandwe struggles as fighting nears, Myanmar army blocks roads and waterways

The town’s remaining residents, already facing the threats of shelling and forced conscription, say that travel bans, shortages, and blackouts have dealt an irreparable blow to their livelihoods

The local economy is foundering in southern Rakhine State’s Thandwe Township amid fighting that has already pushed many residents to seek safer conditions elsewhere, locals said. 

The streets of the coastal town of Ngapali on the Bay of Bengal were nearly empty on Friday morning as the town’s inhabitants woke up to the sounds of artillery fire. 

“The battle seemed to be very intense yesterday. There were nonstop sounds of artillery throughout the day and night. Nearly all shops in Gyeik Taw Ward closed, and we couldn’t find any vendors or shops to sell us breakfast this morning,” a resident of the ward said on Friday.

With banks, shops, and restaurants having closed and civilians seeking refuge elsewhere, the town is now still and nearly silent, locals said.  

“All banks except the Myanmar Economic Bank closed three weeks ago,” said one Thandwe resident. . .

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