SAGAING DIVISION – Locals reported that a mother and son, who fled their villages in the north of Sagaing Township, were temporarily sheltering at a pagoda when a brick wall collapsed on them and killed the child.
On May 22 morning, a five-year-old boy named Kaung Thant, a displaced person from Khetkha (East) Village in Sagaing Township, died in a brick wall collapse.
“The wall of an ancient pagoda, damaged by the heavy rain, collapsed over them when they were taking shelter there, fleeing the war,” said a local news source.
At present, the junta troops carrying out armed violence and lootings had forced tens of thousands of locals from the north of Sagaing, including Padu Village which has more than 1,500 households, Khetkha (East) and Khetkha (West), Kyaukpaan, Kyaukpaan Ywarthit, Kankyin, Sallay, Saryay (East) and Saryay (West) Villages, to flee their homes for safety.
The junta soldiers from Division 33 of Sagaing Township and its subordinate militias were escorted in trucks in the morning, and went around villages in Sagaing Division, committing murders, robberies, and armed violence. The thugs were reportedly dropped off by the military trucks at the village they would raid (in the morning) and picked up along with the stolen goods in the evening.