Six Myanmar soldiers, including regiment officers, have admitted to killing three ethnic Kachin refugees in the town of Mansi in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state, where the national army is engaged in hostilities with an ethnic armed group, a village official said.
The soldiers confessed that they were responsible for the killings during a hearing at military court on Tuesday in Mansi.
Hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of muddy water have flooded eight villages in central Laos’ Xaysomboun province after the reservoir of a dam upstream burst its banks last week following heavy rain, damaging infrastructure, farmlands, and water supplies.
When the reservoir of the Nam Ao Dam in Phaxay district in northeastern Laos’ Xieng Khouang province broke on Sept. 11, it sent 500,000 cubic meters of water downstream in severe flashfloods that inundated the villages with water, seriously damaging one of them, according to officials.
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under mounting criticism over her government's military offensive against minority Muslim Rohingyas, on Tuesday rejected claims that she had softened her stand towards the military after her party took power last year.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, she said she has remained firm with the generals since her days under house arrest during military junta rule.
Nearly 4,000 residents of northwest Myanmar’s Rakhine state have poured into the regional capital Sittwe in recent days to escape fighting in the countryside pitting Myanmar security forces against Muslim insurgents, local authorities and community leaders in Sittwe say.
More than 26,000 people have already fled from rural areas to Sittwe city and Maungdaw, Buthedaung, and other townships in Rakhine from Aug. 25 to Sept. 4, with at least 59 villages burned during the same period, Myanmar’s Government Information Committee said this week.
Villagers affected by controlled flooding at Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam petitioned the country’s prime minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday for their help in being allowed to remain on their land, sources said.
A July 15 shutdown of floodgates on the U.S. $781 million project located on Mekong River tributaries in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province has sent water levels rising in the Srekor and Kbal Romeas villages of Sesan district following government appeals to residents to relocate to other areas.