Buthidaung (Burmese: ဘူးသီးတောင်မြို့; MLCTS: bu:si:taung mrui., pronounced [búðídàʊɰ̃ 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 south from Maungdaw. The two towns are connected by two tunnels through the Mayu mountains that were built in 1918.

Buthidaung in 2016
Buthidaung in 2016
Busidaung is located in Myanmar
Location in Myanmar (Burma)
Coordinates: 20°52′08″N 92°31′41″E / 20.8690°N 92.528°E / 20.8690; 92.528
Country Myanmar
Division Rakhine State(Arakan)
DistrictMaungdaw District
TownshipButhidaung Township
 • Total55,545[1]
 • Ethnicities
93% Rohingya
6% Rakhine
<1% Others
 • Religions
Islam Buddhism hindus & others
Time zoneUTC+6.30 (MMT)
Area code(s)42, 43

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, many Rohingyas have left their homes.[4]


Buthidaung is one of the 16 towns in Rakhine state. Buthidaung is situated about 16 miles from Maungdaw, and similarly to this town has no train station or airport.


Buthidaung has a majority Rohingya population, of which many have fled since the 2012 Rakhine State riots. Buthidaung has the second largest population of Rohingya after Maung Daw.


  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