Maungdaw, Arakan State: A group of Rohingya businessmen led by Soe Win from Rangoon distributed relief to flood victims in Maungdaw and Buthidaung, said a local elder from Maungdaw.
A 17-member team of Rohingya businessmen (15-members from Maungdaw and 2 from Buthidaung) arrived in Northern Arakan, Maungdaw and Buthidaung on July 27, the elder said.
They handed over 2000 rice bags of 50 kg each yesterday for distribution in Buthidaung, according to a teacher.
The group also visited Maungdaw north yesterday where they distributed 600 bags of rice with clothes, said a student from Maungdaw north.
The group also distributed 70 bags of rice in Quarter number 2 of Maungdaw town where one family received around 7 kgs of rice, said a flood victim.
The group will distribute relief all over Maungdaw, said a member of the group.
“If we receive relief directly from the donor, it is good for us even if we get a little. But, when the relief passes through village heads or relief committee, it is always misused,” said a flood victim.
Torrential rain that started on June 13 in northern Arakan State triggered floods and mudslides washing away homes, damaging schools, monasteries and bridges, and forcing many villagers to take shelter in schools, mosques and army camps. Many areas under Maungdaw Township and Buthidaung Township of northern Arakan were inundated after heavy rainfall.