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29 Aug 2016 description

FLASH flooding in Tatkon Township, Mandalay Region destroyed 22 houses yesterday in Thanpayagon Village-tract in the township, injuring several people, it has been learned.

Following the disaster, emergency aid from KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation was sent to the village. Rice bags and edible oil were distributed and K500,000 was donated to each affected family.

The foundation also contributed K100 million to the fund for the restoration of quake-damaged pagodas in the Bagan Archaeological Zone yesterday.

28 Aug 2016 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Sunday 8/28/2016 - 04:17 GMT | 782 words

by Caroline HENSHAW Hla-Hla HTAY

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces what could be the toughest test of her leadership yet when she opens a major ethnic peace conference Wednesday aimed at ending wars that have blighted the country since its independence.

The five-day talks will bring hundreds of ethnic minority rebel leaders to the capital, along with military top brass and international delegates such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

26 Aug 2016 description
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2014 Annual Narrative Report of IASC Gender Standby Capacity Project

25 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On August 25, the Government of Japan will dispatch the Assessment Team consisting of two members including officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Myanmar following serious damage caused by the earthquake occurred on August 24.

  2. The Assessment Team will investigate the needs of the affected areas and coordinate the possibility of further emergency humanitarian assistance based on discussions with the Government of Myanmar and International Organizations.

25 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Thursday, August 25, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (blankets etc.) to Myanmar through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar following serious damage from the floods in the country.

25 Aug 2016 description

Bagan, Myanmar | AFP | Thursday 8/25/2016 - 11:25 GMT

by Phyo Hein KYAW

Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination.

Two young girls and a man died in Magway region where the 6.8 magnitude quake struck Wednesday evening, cracking buildings across the centre of the country and sending tremors that were felt as far away as Bangkok and Kolkata.

25 Aug 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

The Myanmar government has chosen former United Nations chief Kofi Annan to head a newly formed advisory commission to help resolve human rights issues in troubled Rakhine state where the majority of the country’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority group lives.

25 Aug 2016 description

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed three people and damaged buildings, including dozens of pagodas, across central Myanmar late yesterday, 24 August. The epicenter of the quake was 25 kilometres W of Chauk, 59 kilometres NNW of Yenangyaung, 70 kilometres SW of Pakkoku, and 207 kilometres NW of Nay Pyi Daw and the depth was 84 kilometres. The quake was also felt across southern Myanmar and as far away as Bangkok in Thailand and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

25 Aug 2016 description

The Secretary-General's thoughts are today with the people of Italy and Myanmar following the earthquakes that struck the two countries on 24 August.

While reports on the impact of the earthquakes are still coming in, it is evident that lives have been lost and infrastructure has been damaged. In Italy, it is reported that an estimated 120 people have been killed and over 360 injured. In Myanmar, initial reports indicate that a number of buildings, including schools, pagodas and houses have been damaged in Naypyitaw, Mandalay and Magway regions.

25 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Burma: Ensure Women’s Role in Peace Talks

Government, Ethnic Armed Groups Should Promote Women’s Rights in Political Transition

24 Aug 2016 description
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Increasingly Complex Conflicts with Devastating Impact on Children, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Warns General Assembly in Annual Report

23 Aug 2016

New York – In her annual report to the General Assembly, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, highlighted the devastating impact on children of increasingly complex conflicts, despite concerted efforts and significant progress achieved over the past year.

24 Aug 2016 description

By LIBBY HOGAN / DVB 24 August 2016

Shan community groups are calling for the suspension of a Chinese-backed dam on the Salween River that they say risks exacerbating conflict and environmental problems in northern Shan State.

At a press conference held in Bangkok on Tuesday, the groups warned that preparations to begin construction on the 1,200-megawatt Naung Pha dam project, located between the towns of Lashio and Hopang in northern Shan State, appear to be going forward despite concerns about its impact.

24 Aug 2016 description
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By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The death toll from a measles epidemic has risen to 68 in Burma’s remote Naga Self-Administered Zone, according to a regional lawmaker and other relief workers providing support to the affected areas.

An emergency response team dispatched to the area says the situation is particularly critical in Kesan Salin and Kesan Karlan villages in the Dong Hee sub-township of Nanyun Township.

24 Aug 2016 description
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By HTUN HTUN / THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, August 24, 201

The Lower House approved a bill on Wednesday that repeals Burma’s controversial 1950 Emergency Provisions Act.

The bill, which proposes the abolishment of the 66-year-old law, was drafted and submitted to the Parliament by the Lower House Bill Committee.

Tun Tun Hein, committee chair, argued that the Emergency Provisions Act had been used by previous governments to stifle political dissent.

24 Aug 2016 description

Nay Pyi Taw, August 19

President U Htin Kyaw met with flood-affected people sheltering at temporary camps in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, offering assistance in their livelihoods and rehabilitation.

The president and his entourage comprising Union ministers arrived at Pathein, Ayeyawady Region, yesterday via a special flight of the Tatmdaw.

They flew to Thabaung, a flood-hit township in the region and there met the local people sheltering at Kanyinchaung Monastery and presented relief supplies to them.