The Lunglei District Bru Repatriation team, tasked with undertaking the 3rd Phase repatriation under 9th Batch Bru Repatriation and Rehabilitation, reached Lunglei District on 25th October, 2019 (Friday) at around 10pm. 81 Brus (Adult ā€“ 51, Minor - 30) belonging to 20 families were repatriated this time, taking the total to 262 Brus belonging to 68 families being successfully repatriated to Lunglei District so far in the exercise that commenced on 30th September,2019.

The repatriated Brus, along with officials and personnel were received at 2nd Battalion MAP Hqrs, Luangmual, located on the outskirts of the town. Lunglei DC Pi K. Lalrinzuali, 2nd Bn CO Pu Saidingliana, along with medical team and other officials were present to receive the repatriated families. The DC apprised them of arrangements made at their respective temporary shelters and ensured them of continued support regarding any issues that might arise during their readjustment phase. She informed them that a House Site Plan has been drawn out by Revenue officials at their respective villages, and that all assistance would be given for them to undertake construction of their houses as soon as possible. Each repatriated family was handed over Rs. 30,000/- (Rs. 25,000/- for starting house construction and Rs.5000/- to meet their necessities)

After spending the night at 2nd Battalion MAP Hqrs, Luangmual, the Bru families departed for their respective villages on Saturday. All have reached safely and are currently lodged in their respective temporary shelters at Putlungasih, Buknuam, Dinthar and Chawilung ā€˜Sā€™. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Lunglei and team have set up a Mobile Medical Unit in all the four locations

The District administration, with the help of Village Councils, YMA and members of the public have been making an all out effort to facilitate re-integration of Bru families in their respective villages. The Deputy Commissioner, Pi K. Lalrinzuali had personally visited all the four villages - Dinthar, Buknuam, Chawilung S and Putlungasih conducting meetings with members of the Village Council, NGOs and the general public to discuss the repatriation exercise and evaluate their preparedness in various aspects such as construction of temporary shelter & latrines and availability of basic amenities including ration supply, drinking water, electricity etc. Fervent appeals had been made to all to deal with the repatriated Bru families with kindness and understanding. Under the guidance of Pu Henry C. Lalrawnkima SDO(C), Tlabung, and Pu Lalrinpuia Chenkual, SDPO Tlabung, the repatriated families and their well being are closely monitored, with officials constantly reaching out to them to ascertain any need for assistance. Health and Family Welfare officials, under the guidance of Medical Officers have also been proactive in setting up medical camps and distributing free medicines as required.

As on date, 1789 Brus belonging to 296 families are yet to be repatriated to Lunglei District under the 9th Batch repatriation which is expected to stretch till November, depending on the weather and other conditions. At present, the Lunglei District team headed by SDC Pu Lalsanglura are presently lodged near the camps, to facilitate the ongoing repatriation process, and proactively reaching out to those families who wish to return to Mizoram.