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11 Sep 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

02 Sep 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

31 Aug 2018 description
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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.

28 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

24 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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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.”

22 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

16 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

16 Aug 2018 description
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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.

16 Aug 2018 description
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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.

14 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

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.

08 Aug 2018 description
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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.

02 Aug 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Thazin Hlaing 1 August 2018

YANGON—Local farmers in Bago Region’s Shwegyin Township are facing heavy debts after their paddy fields were flooded just days after they seeded and applied fertilizer to them.

“Our fields have been flooded for nearly a week,” U Kyaw Hsan Win, a farmer from Nyaung Bin Gyi village, told The Irrawaddy.

“We’ve lost around 150,000 kyats per acre. Luckily, I used direct seeding. If I had used the transplanting method, it would require weeding and would have cost even more,” he added.

31 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By THAZIN HLAING

Yangon—The Sittaung and Bago rivers in Bago Region have swelled to their highest levels in more than five decades, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

The Sittaung River has risen to a record high of 1,270 cm in Bago’s Nyaunglebin Township, its highest level in 53 years.

Meanwhile, the water level of the Bago River reached 968 cm on Sunday, its highest level in 54 years.

26 Jul 2018 description
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By Lawi Weng 25 July 2018

Mon State — A 43-year-old woman was killed after stepping on a landmine while picking mushrooms in northern Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Tuesday, setting off an explosion that also injured two others, according to a local NGO.

Lashi Kaw Nan died from her injuries as she was being carried away from the site of the blast while U La Doi, her husband, and Lahtaw Seng Mai were taken to a public hospital in Lashio Township, said Tawm Mai, who works with the NeT Organization to raise landmine awareness.

26 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Moe Myint 25 July 2018

YANGON – For decades, ethnic armed groups (EAOs) in Myanmar have raised money by extorting “protection” payments from smugglers, engaging in illicit logging and jade mining projects, and trafficking drugs in order to buy tactical weapons and pay their troops.

Hope are high that this will soon change, especially among those groups that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), now that the government’s Peace Commission has begun implementing its “Business for Peace” (B4P) platform.

22 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

YANGON — Nearly half of the roughly 1,500 people displaced by inter-ethnic fighting in Shan State’s Namtu Township on Monday have returned to their villages as of this morning or were on their way back, according to local lawmakers.

18 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Htet Naing Zaw 17 July 2018

NAYPYITAW — The United Wa State Army (UWSA), the biggest armed ethnic group in Myanmar, still has concerns over possible future scenarios if it were to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), said former Lieutenant-General U Khin Zaw Oo, secretary of the government’s Peace Commission.

“They don’t categorically reject the NCA, but they seem to have some concerns over what might happen after signing it. But it is fair to say that they have basically accepted the NCA,” U Khin Zaw Oo said.

17 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

Hundreds of local villagers fled their homes in Namtu Township, northern Shan State, after fighting broke out this morning between troops of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), and a joint force of the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), according to local sources.

Nang Sam Howm, a Shan State lawmaker from Namtu Township, told The Irrawaddy that the clashes had caused over 400 local people to abandon their villages.

16 Jul 2018 description
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By NYEIN NYEIN

NAYPYITAW — Women account for 17 percent of the delegates at the ongoing third session of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference, according to figures the government released Saturday, 2 percent more than the proportion of female delegates at the previous session last year.

Of the 700 delegates at the conference, the 120 women are all in decision-making roles, more than the 105 women in similar roles in 2017.

12 Jul 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

MON STATE — More than 450 ethnic Shan have been displaced from five villages in Mong Kung Township, Shan State, by three days of fighting between the Myanmar Army and RCSS/SSA-South troops, according to local sources.

Sai Sam Mong, a lawmaker from Shan’s Kyethi Township, told The Irrawaddy that the villagers fled Tuesday and Wednesday amid near constant fighting near their villages.

“They fled early in the morning. In total there were 451 villagers. They fled from five villages today [Wednesday] and yesterday,” Sai Sam Mong said.