Chin families flee food shortages

Jan 21, 2008 (DVB), Food shortages in Chin state following a bad harvest have led around 150 people to leave Burma for India, according to residents of the Indian state of Mizoram.

About 30 families have so far come to Mizoram state in northeast India, mostly from Htan Talan and Palatwa townships.

A Chin source close to the families said that an infestation of rats on their farmlands had destroyed the crops and left them with no food.

"The weather has been very dry this year so it has been difficult to grow crops, and then this rodent infestation destroyed what little they did manage to grow," said the source, who thought that more people could arrive from Burma.

The families have settled in small villages in townships in the southern part of Mizoram state.

According to reports by non-governmental organisations in 1988, 50,000 ethnic Chin people had already settled in Mizoram state at that time.

Reporting by Thet Naing

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