By Zarni Mann
MANDALAY – Recent flooding in Kalay, Sagaing Region, which has affected more than 7,000 people, has locals fearing a repeat of the devastation of 2015.
About 12 villages located near Kalaymyo have been flooded since Tuesday afternoon, when surrounding rivers swelled due to heavy rain.
Although the water levels receded slightly on Thursday, locals worry after recent years have brought extreme flood damage.
By SAN YAMIN AUNG 18 September 2017
YANGON — Ten members of the government’s Rakhine State committee—including permanent secretaries from eight ministries—began a two-day visit to conflict-torn Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships of northern Rakhine on Monday.
“After their trip, we will set priorities for implementing recommendations and draw an action plan within two weeks,” chair of the government’s Implementation Committee for Recommendations on Rakhine State U Win Myat Aye, who is Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told The Irrawaddy on Monday.
By Nyein Nyein 14 September 2017
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a bloc of five ethnic armed groups, has denounced the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
During a two-day meeting in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai on Sept. 11-12, the alliance discussed the Rakhine conflict in addition to its current talks with the government on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
By Zarni Mann
MANDALAY – One man was arrested in Magwe Region’s Taungdwingyi after a nationalist mob – some armed with swords – attacked a mosque and property owned by Muslims before being dispersed by riot police with rubber bullets on Sunday evening.
“The situation in Taungdwingyi is now under control and security forces are deployed,” said a statement released by the government’s Information Committee on Sunday, adding that some 21 army and 30 police from Magwe Division base were deployed to maintain order.
A high-level meeting including the members of National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) was held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation in Rakhine State and issues relating to the rule of law in Myanmar.