When almost the entire town has fled from war due to the intense fighting in Kawkareik town, more than 40 houses _ whose IDPs in Ward No. 5 of Kawkareik _ were reportedly burnt down again in the evening of January 21, according to local people.
“I heard more than 40 houses were burnt in Kulia quarter yesterday. This morning, people fleeing war went back to bring their belongings. Many of them do not dare to keep their belongings in their houses. AS it was on fire, they went to take back as much as they could,” said a local man.
The root cause of the peoples’ houses being burnt is not yet known exactly, but the residents believe this time, the fire may be caused by the arson by thieves.
“The places where have been burnt are on the outskirts of the city. The first burning place near Tadar Oo bridge is on the outskirts of the city. And the burn in Kyarin is on the outskirts of the city, but at that time, a large weapon fell and burned. The fire burnt in New Ward was an arson, and there are about 100 or 120 houses that have been all burned,” a woman who fled the war from Kawkareik, said.
Among the accidents were caused to burnt houses in Kawkareik town, the fire burnt yesterday had caused the most damage to homes, so the residents fleeing war were more afraid of the danger of fire than of the fighting, he added.
Currently, the fighting is going on inside Kawkareik town, and the junta troops are firing heavy weapons and the drone bombings into the residential neighborhoods. So the residential houses reportedly have been damaged and burnt down by the junta’s heavy weapons.
Due to the fighting, the people have been fleeing the war in Kawkareik township for almost 2 months, and some of them are living in tenants and are facing difficulties in living due to the high prices of goods, according to the displaced people.
The Karen National Union (KNU) had announced the total number of displaced people has reached 90,000 due to the ongoing fighting in the area of KNU Brigade- 6, _more than 30,000 IDPs in Kawkareik township, 20,000 IDPs in Kyon Don township, 20,000 IDPs in Win Ye township and around 20,000 IDPs in Noe Takaw township and it also needs assistances for foods.