IDP camp flooded in Chipwi

San Lat / May 28, 2020

Chipwi IDP camp / Yaw Na

Hundreds of war refugees from Internally Displace Person (IDP) camp in Chipwi town of northeastern Kachin State have been struggling to deal with the incoming flood caused by the recent monsoon rain.

The flood destroyed toilets and animal cages, and the water level almost hit the sleeping area, said Lum Naw a camp resident. The Chipwi IDP camp was flooded a couple days ago due to the heavy rain in the up river of N’mai River. I’m worried when the rainy season starts because the flood comes every year, said Lum Naw.

The Chipwi IDP camp, which is run by the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), is a home of over 800 war refugees. Those displaced persons are from the origin of Zhang Naw, Lawhkawng, Jikloi, Nabuk, Yajaw, Naw Maw villages in Chipwi Township. Most of them were displaced from their villages due to the renewed war between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in 2011.

The IDP camp is survived with the support from World Food Program (WFP) and World Vision, donating 12,000 kyat to 20,000 kyat per month individually.

We have so much of difficulties, however, we have to make sure the personal belongings and individuals are not wash away by the flood, the IDP camp leader Yaw Na said.

Chipwi town is located 75 miles northeast of the Kachin State capital Myitkyina and the town is on the bank of N’mai River, one of the twin River which join the Mali River to from Burma’s longest Irrawaddy River.