Refugee influx from Myanmar into Mizoram

Context: Around 2,000 refugees from Myanmar have crossed into Mizoram, following an intense battle between Chin Defence forces and Myanmar Army close to India-Myanmar border.

Location of Refugees influx in Myanmar

  • The influx of Myanmarese refugees took place in the India’s border town of Zokhawthar (located in the Champhai district of Mizoram).
  • Zokhawthar is located few kilometers away from the Myanmar town of Rikhawdar, where the fighting is taking place between Chin Defence Forces and Myanmar Army.
  • Zokhawthar and Rikhawdar are separated by Tiau River. 
  • Prior to this influx, Mizoram has already been sheltering about 30,000 Chin refugees from Myanmar, who escaped the civilian strife in Myanmar following the 2021 military coup.

About Tiau River

  • Tiau is a 159 km long river which forms the boundary between India and Myanmar. It later merges with the Kaladan river.

Practice MCQ

Q.1) Which of the Indian States share boundary with Myanmar:

  1. Assam
  2. Nagaland
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Tripura
  5. Mizoram

How many of the

(a) Only two

(b) Only three

(c) Only four

(d) All five

Answer: (b)

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