YANGON, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Death toll with week-long renewed riot in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has risen to 84 and the number of the injured also jumped to 129 as of Oct. 27 from Oct. 21, official media reported Monday.
During the fresh riot, 2,950 houses, 14 religious buildings and eight rice mills were burnt down in arson fire.
The riot, which initially spread from Minbya to as many as nine areas covering Mrauk U, Kyauk Phyu, Myaebon, Yathedaung, Kyauktaw, Pauktaw, Yanbye and Thandwe has left more than 20,000 people homeless, local sources said.
The official sources also revealed that legal actions have been taken against 1,058 persons involved in the communal violence from June 8 to Oct. 26 undermining the stability of the Rakhine state.
According to the report, the renewed riot has been put under control on Oct. 27 and the situation there is returning to normalcy, thanks to immediate measures taken by Myanmar police force, the military, state authorities, Buddhist monks and community elders.
More security forces have been deployed to the conflicted areas with increased security measures, the report added..
During the early period of the incident in May-June, altogether 50 people had been killed, 54 people injured and over 61,462 people victimized. A total of 2,230 houses, 14 religious building were burnt down up to June 14, forcing the victims to take shelter at relief camps.
Rakhine state has been declared since June 10 a state of emergency along with imposition of dusk-to-dawn curfew in six prior townships -- Maungtaw, Buthidaung, Sittway, Thandwe, Kyaukphyu and Yanbye.
The curfew was extended to Kyauktaw on Aug. 8 and then to Minbya and Mrauk U on Oct. 22 bringing the total number of townships under curfew to nine so far. Enditem
Meanwhile, Myanmar President's Office issued a statement on Oct. 25 warning that manipulators behind recent Rakhine sectarian conflict will be exposed and legal action will be taken against them.
A series of bloody incidents, which took place in May-June, triggered deadly unrest and violence in the Rakhine state starting with Maungtaw township on June 8.
Myanmar government, on Aug. 17, formed a 27-member investigation commission, aimed at exposing the real cause of the conflict in the western Rakhine state in May-June that have undermined peace and stability and rule of law in the region.
YANGON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Situation in riot-hit townships in Myanmar's western Rakhine state has been basically under control with security measures reinforced, but arson fire broke out in some areas with no death, official sources said Saturday.
A total of 119 houses and one building in Thandwe, Pauktaw, Kyaukphyu and Yanbye townships were destroyed in arson fire, the sources said.Full story
Myanmar gov't warns manipulators behind Rakhine sectarian conflicts
YANGON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President's Office has issued a statement warning that manipulators behind recent Rakhine sectarian conflict will be exposed and legal action will be taken against them.
"There are persons and organizations who are conducting manipulation in the incidents in Rakhine state behind the scene," said the statement released Thursday. Full story