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Arakan Displaced Moved to ‘Permanent Camps’ to Shelter From Cyclone

13 May 2013

Burma on Sunday began to move displaced people in violence-hit Arakan State into “stronger permanent shelters” before Cyclone Mahasen makes landfall on Thursday morning, AFP reported. About 140,000 displaced people currently live in temporary tent shelters in the state. Most at risk are the Rohingya, who were sent to camps after two outbreaks of deadly violence last year. “Now we are moving as many of those IDPs as we can to the stronger permanent shelters,” a spokesman for the Arakan government, told AFP. “The rest will be sent to stay with relatives in villages.”