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Buthidaung in 2016
Buthidaung in 2016
Buthidaung is located in Myanmar
Location in Myanmar (Burma)
Coordinates: 20°52′29″N 92°31′41″E / 20.8747°N 92.528°E / 20.8747; 92.528
Country  Myanmar
Division  Rakhine State
District Maungdaw District
Township Buthidaung Township
Population (2014)
 • Total 55,545[1]
 • Ethnicities 93% Rohingya
6% Rakhine
<1% Others
 • Religions Islam, Buddhism
Time zone MMT (UTC+6.30)
Area code(s) 42, 43

Buthidaung (Burmese: ဘူးသီးတောင်မြို့; MLCTS: bu:si:taung mrui., pronounced [búðídàʊɴ mjo̰]) is a town in Rakhine State, in the westernmost part of Myanmar (Burma). It is the administrative seat of the Buthidaung Township. Buthidaung lies on the west bank of the Mayu river, and experienced severe flooding in June 2010 and July 2011.[2] Buthidaung is 16 miles away from Maungdaw. The two towns are connected by two tunnels through the Mayu mountains that were built in 1918.2017

During the 2016–17 Northern Rakhine State clashes, three police stations in Buthidaung were reportedly surrounded by Rohingya insurgents.[3] As a result of the clashes Buthidaung, and much of the surrounding area, has become all but empty of Rohingya.[4]


  1. ^ "Buthidaung (Township, Myanmar) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  2. ^ mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/5650-seven-townships-in-arakan-state-flooded-by-record-heavy-rain.html
  3. ^ Reuters (August 28, 2017). "Myanmar Army Battles Rohingya Insurgents; Thousands Flee". The New York Times. A Buthidaung-based reporter, citing police sources directly involved in events, said three police posts in northern Buthidaung had been surrounded by Rohingya insurgents. 
  4. ^ "The book that foresaw the assault on the Rohingyas". The Economist. 12 October 2017. 

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Coordinates: 20°52′N 92°32′E / 20.867°N 92.533°E / 20.867; 92.533