By LAWI WENG
Mon State — Two people were killed and two more were wounded by a pair of explosives in northern Shan State on Sunday, according to relatives and media.
In Kyaukme Township, two ethnic Ta’ang women, aged 20 and 26, were heading from Khon Ngan Village to the center of town by motorbike to do some shopping when they hit an explosive at about 9:30 a.m., according to relatives. They said the younger woman, Lway Kham Yin, died from her injuries at a Mandalay hospital that evening and that the other was wounded by survived.
by Nyein Nyein
CHIANG MAI, Thailand—The Karen National Union (KNU) convened an emergency meeting of its Central Standing Committee to review the state of the peace process at its headquarters in Lay Wah in Karen State’s Paan district on Tuesday.
By ZARNI MANN 31 October 2018
MANDALAY—About 2,000 villagers from northern Shan State arrived in Lashio on Tuesday after fleeing armed clashes between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South (RCSS/SSAS) and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North (SSPP/SSAN).
Residents of Ei-Naing, Pan Pone, Kalar and Nang Har villages—located just 13 miles from Lashio—and Man Pyein, Namt Taung and Maing Taung villages in Namtu Township arrived in the state capital amid intensifying fighting.
By Zarni Mann 29 October 2018
MANDALAY — Some 650 more residents of northern Shan State have fled their villages to escape fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South (RCSS/SSAS) and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North (SSPP/SSAN).
Residents of Pan Pone, Kalar, Nang Har and Ei-Naing villages, about a dozen kilometers from the town of Lashio, have abandoned their homes to take refuge at a monastery and a church.
By Lawi Weng 29 October 2018
At least seven people have been wounded by landmines in northern Shan State in October, according to local residents, who said the devices posed a serious threat to their livelihoods, as well as their lives.
The incidents followed the deaths of three people and the wounding of seven in landmine blasts in the area in September, according to the Lashio-based Halo Trust.
Lway Ai Aww, a Halo Trust manager based in Lashio, told The Irrawaddy today that the seven landmine victims were from Namsan, Namkham, and Kyaukme townships.
By NYEIN NYEIN
YANGON—Nearly 750 residents of Mong Yin village in northern Shan State’s Namtu Township have fled fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South and a joint force of the Ta’ang Nationalities Liberation Army and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North this week.
The displaced villagers are currently sheltering in Namtu town.
By Nyein Nyein 11 October 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Ethnic armed groups meeting in Thailand this week have agreed to join a summit with Myanmar’s state counselor and military chief aimed at reviving the country’s stalled peace process after convincing them to change the venue.
The government had proposed holding the summit on Monday in rural Mandalay, away from any urban distractions. But the armed groups proposed either Yangon or Naypyitaw and, after negotiating with government officials over the phone, settled on the latter, according to armed group leaders.
By SAN YAMIN AUNG
MAWLAMYINE, Mon State—Women from Mon State calling for their rights and needs in peace and development will soon have their concerns developed into an action plan, Myanmar’s Minister of Pa-O Ethnic Affairs Daw San Wint Khine said.
From August through October 2017, more than 1,300 women from across the state participated in local consultations organized by the Mon State government, parliament, and civil society groups with the support of UN Women Myanmar.
By Lawi Weng 1 October 2018
Fighting broke out between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) in Muse and Kukai townships in northern Shan State over the weekend, displacing around 200 people, according to local sources.
The fighting erupted after Tatmadaw troops tried to apprehend TNLA soldiers who were reportedly demanding money from drivers on the Muse-Lashio highway.
The TNLA reported multiple clashes on Sept. 29 in the Kung Hka, Nam Paw, Man Peng and Num Um areas of Muse Township.
By Salai Thant Zin 10 September 2018
PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Region — River bank erosion in Irrawaddy Region is four times worse this year than the previous year, according to the region’s natural disaster management center.
There were 57 cases of bank erosion recorded in the 2016-17 fiscal year—a number that increased to 266 in 2017-18, said a representative of the center.
“The region has experienced many cases of river bank erosion lately,” said the center’s director U Than Soe.
YANGON—Four people have died and three others, including one boy, are missing as a result of flooding of caused by spillwater from a dam on Swar Creek in Taungoo District in Bago Region, according to the Bago Region Government Office on Friday afternoon.
By NAN LWIN HNIN PWINT
YANGON — Clashes broke out between Myanmar Army and Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) troops near the village of Kan Nyi Naung in Karen State’s Papun District on Tuesday.
Battalion 44 of the Myanmar Army clashed with Battalion 102 of KNLA Brigade 5, according to a Tatmadaw officer stationed in Papun District.
Clashes continued and there were three intermittent clashes on Wednesday, the officer said.
He declined to discuss the reason for the clashes or the number of casualties.
By Lawi Weng 27 August 2018
Mon State — The Karen Nation Union (KNU) has decided to continue working toward a peace deal with the government after a three-week meeting to review the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), which it signed along with several other of the country’s ethnic armed groups in 2015.
Of the 55 members of the KNU’s central executive committee, 46 attended the meeting in Karen State from Aug. 6 to 24.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The United Wa State Army-led Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) donated more than 400 million kyats to Myanmar flood victims through the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) on Thursday.
This move is considered the first time that ethnic armed organizations have collectively contributed to people affected by natural disaster.
U Nyi Rang, the UWSA spokesman, told The Irrawaddy after donating that “despite different political perspectives, we wanted to lend our support to the victims.”
By LAWI WENG 21 August 2018
MON STATE — A second wave of flooding has hit multiple parts of Myanmar including Karen and Mon states and Irrawaddy and Tanintharyi regions, as water from rivers continues to rise in locations where hundreds of people have been displaced from flooding.
More than 400 people have been relocated, according to reports from the government, as the water levels of the Salween River in Karen State rise.
By Min Aung Khine 14 August 2018
SITTWE, Rakhine State — More than 300 people were evacuated after the Nga La Pwe Dam in Kala Ba Taung village of Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu Township burst on Monday.
The dam lies in close proximity to urban wards of Kyaukphyu and was breached on Monday at noon due to rising tides.
More than 300 people from over 70 households near the dam were evacuated. “They were evacuated to Thein Taung monastery,” Kyaukphyu Township municipality chairman U Than Lwin told The Irrawaddy.
By Salai Thant Zin 15 August 2018
PATHEIN — Nearly 90 houses collapsed and almost 40 others were damaged by a storm surge in several villages in Pyapon Township, Irrawaddy Region on Sunday and Monday.
“The tidal surge accompanied by strong winds destroyed 86 houses and damaged 39 others in two days,” regional Disaster Management Center director U Than Soe told The Irrawaddy.
By Lawi Weng 15 August 2018
Mon State — Fighting continues to rage between rival ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State in a conflict that has displaced hundreds of local residents since last month.
The Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) joined forces with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) for an offensive against Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) positions in Namtu Township in July. They accuse the RCSS, which is based in the south of the state, of encroaching on their traditional territory.
By Nyein Nyein 13 August 2018
YWA NGAN, southern Shan State — Steps need to be taken to engage young people in Myanmar’s peace process and actively involve them in it, instead of simply regarding them as passive beneficiaries, according to both young people themselves and agencies working to empower them.
By CHIT MIN TUN 7 August 2018
YANGON —Residents of Shan State’s Namtu Township have lamented the frequent fighting between the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
The SSA-S, the armed wing of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), clashed with the TNLA on Sunday in an area between Pan Kwak Village and Pan Saw Village in Namtu.
“The clash lasted for only around 20 minutes. [The TNLA] carried out an artillery strike on us and we returned fire,” information officer Major Mai Ai Kyaw of the TNLA told The Irrawaddy.