Various organizations and political parties in Mizoram have appealed for aid and prayers for ethnic communities in Chin state affected by floods and heavy rains in Myanmar as well as in Manipur.
“We are talking with representatives of Mizoram government, various organizations and political parties, how to access the aids to Chin state and Kalay-Kabaw areas for victims of flood in Myanmar,” said Pu Paul Sita, Secretary (I) of CNF.
Both the Mizo National Front and the Mizoram People’s Conference have issued appeals to residents of the state to pray for and contribute to aid meant for ethnic Mizo or Chin people in Myanmar who have been affected by the heavy rains and other disasters.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has meanwhile sent a letter expressing condolences and moral support to Hung Ngai, Chief Minister of Chin State, offering “solidarity to all affected citizens of Myanmar, who are our kith and kin”.
Lal Thanhawla had earlier appealed to PM Narendra Modi appealing that aid be sent to Myanmar and volunteered Mizoram as a base of air-dropping operations.
Various groups and political parties also met at the Zo Reunification Organisation’s offices on 3rd August to discuss how best to collect and send aid to the flood-affected regions, saying ethnic Mizo or Chin communities have been severely affected by flooding in towns across Chin State and Sagaing Divisions such as Tahan, Falam, Kawlphai, Kalemiau and Halkha.
Other groups such as the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) have also called meetings to take part in the aid effort as pictures and videos on social media and news reports from across the international border continue to inform Mizoram residents about the natural calamity.