Cyclone victims die of neglect in Arakan State; authorities too concentrated on elections to provide aid
Two people in the Cyclone Giri-affected area of Kyauk Pru Township died from diarrhea on 4 November just two days before the election in Burma.
The two deceased are from Sita Ra Village in Kan Ton Gyi Yin Village, 80 miles from Kyauk Pru, on Rambree Island, an area lashed badly by Cyclone Giri.
Another 40 people in the village are suffering from diarrhea since the disease has begun spreading.
A relief worker from Kyauk Pru said, "They received treatment as well as medicine from the authorities and a NGO soon after the cyclone. But now the victims in the area are being neglected by the government and NGOs due to the recent election. Because of this neglect, two victims died from the disease."
In Sita Ra Village in Kyauk Pru, 500 people are still living in temporary huts without roofs or wells.
According to sources, many Giri-affected areas in Arakan State have been neglected by the government due to the election. Many cyclone victims are now living in terrible situations in the disaster areas without any aid.
According to a UN source, the townships in Arakan that were hit the hardest are Mray Bon, Kyauk Pru, Min Bya, and Pauktaw. The UN reported that 70,975 people have been left homeless and 200,000 have been severely affected by the disaster.