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Mizoram has sent 2,021 quintals of rice to Manipur

Aizawl: Mizoram Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister K. Lalrinliana informed the state legislative assembly on Tuesday that 2,021 quintals of rice have been sent to the ‘Zofa’ (ethnic Mizo) people in the Manipur hill areas since the ethnic strife began in the neighbouring state on May 3.

In a written reply to a query from Ramthanmawia of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), Lalrinliana said that the state government has so far sent 2,021 quintals of rice to help the ethnic Mizos in Lamka (Churachandpur) district and other adjoining areas.

As the hill areas of Manipur inhabited by the ethnic Mizos have been completely cut off from the state capital Imphal by road blocks after the ethnic violence, Mizoram government had to send food grains to the hill tribal areas for their survival as Mizoram serves as the only state from where essential goods can be delivered to them.

Lalrinliana also said that 2,797 quintals of rice have been provided to the internally displaced people (IDPs) of Manipur taking shelter in the state till date.

Lalrinliana further mentioned how Mizoram had imported 12 trucks carrying oil and 11 truckloads of cooking gas from Manipur’s hill district when economic blockade was imposed against the state by some people in Assam after the border dispute between Mizoram and Assam erupted. 

Meanwhile, three more IDPs from Manipur arrived in Mizoram during the last 24 hours making the total number of IDPs from Manipur taking shelter in the state to 12,883 as of 5 pm on Tuesday, state home department officials said. 

The officials said that while 9,902 people are joining their relatives and friends or staying in rented houses, 2,981 people are lodged in 38 relief camps across the state.

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