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India hands over first 50 houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar

Press Trust of India  |  Nay Pyi Taw 

on Tuesday handed over to the first 50 houses built by the country for the displaced minority Rohingya Muslims in the restive Rakhine province.

The housing units were handed over after and his counterpart U Win Myint held delegation-level talks and decided to step up bilateral ties.

is building 250 houses in Rakhine province as part of a developmental project.

The first batch of 50 houses was formally handed over to the authorities on Tuesday, Kovind's office tweeted.

signed a development programme for Rakhine State in Myanmar late last year which was designed to assist the in Rakhine State to build for displaced persons, which senior Indian officials said was appreciated not just by the government of Myanmar but also by the and other agencies.

More than 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar's Rakhine state to neighbouring since August 2017 after a military crackdown, triggering a massive refugee crisis.

Kovind is currently on a three-day state visit to Myanmar, the first by a of India in 12 years.

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First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 17:55 IST
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