CHIN STATE — Due to Cyclone Mocha, more than 500 houses including a church were destroyed in Matupi township and Hpa-naing village in Chin State. A few houses from Sanbaung ward were damaged in Matupi by the storm and the junta council’s department staff were conduting a survey on the damages, said locals.
“The storm came from Bone Talar Waterfall’s side. In Hpa-naing village, over 200 houses including four churches and schools were damaged. Those that remained undestroyed are RC buildings. Only ten of them are left undestroyed,” said a local man.
The empty villages, from which the villagers fleed to Mizoram because of the military coup, were also hit by the storm and a lot of residential buildings were destroyed according to local sources. Those villages include Nga-laing, Lone-hlaw, Ki-hlome, Kase, Sipaw, Kwa-ngan, Bwae-htiyar villages.
“Only five houses are left undestroyed in Bwae-htiyar village. Other villages also have plenty of destroyed houses and buildings. As all the villagers were displaced from the area due to the battles, there is no one to repair the damages,” said a 30-year-old man from Bwae-htiyar village.
Matupi township did not have enough preparation for the Cyclone Mocha. The junta council’s department staff only did a few preparations in the town, according to locals.
Since Mobile phone communications were shut down in Matupi by the military junta, and the soldiers had blocked the entry into the town, it is difficult to confirm the state and impact of the destruction.