Trapped civilians in Kachin State return home

Over 150 people trapped after fleeing from fighting in Kachin State were rescued and brought to safety earlier this week by state, local and civil society officials and residents, it was learnt.
A total of 153 people who found themselves hemmed in by the Namkwan Creek due to fighting in Myitkyina District, Tanai Township, Pyinhmaw, were rescued in motorboats and taken to Tawamchaung Bridge under the guidance of the Kachin State Government, the State General Administration Department, the district GAD and the regional military command in Tanai, officials said.
From there, they were transported by cars arranged by regional military command and the township to a temporary marshaling area in a sport ground in Samsar Ward. On 30 January, they were in the process of being sent back to their homes, it was learnt.
The 153 civilians — 118 males and 34 females — were transported from Tanai along the Namti-Mogaung Road by four taxis arranged by the township and a 10-wheel truck arranged by regional military command (Tanai).
They were sent back to their villages along the road and to Mogaung yesterday, it is learnt.
Several groups of civilians have been temporarily relocated due to recent conflict in Kachin State. From 30 January to 2 February, a total of 599 persons — 325 males and 274 females — who arrived to Tanai town were transported back to their homes.
Conflict between the Tatmadaw and members of an ethnic armed group in Kachin State has occurred since 19 January, including in Sumprabum, Waingmaw and Tanai townships. —Myanmar News Agency

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