Non-stop rain in northern Kachin State has led to food shortages as damaged infrastructure has made remote townships unreachable, MPs told parliament yesterday. Over 6000 people could be without access to food if roads and bridges are not urgently repaired.
Doctors fear a highly spiced country diet could be contributing to the spread of colitis, a painful gastric disease that appears to be increasing, particularly in rural areas. Health experts say they are braced for a rise in the number of cases.
The agriculture ministry cannot supply Falam township, Chin State, with water, the deputy agriculture minister told parliament on May 26. Replying to a question from local MP Zone Hlal Htan, U Tun Win told the Amyotha Hluttaw, “There is no plan at present to supply water to Falam’s urban area by piping from Laiva Dam.” The deputy minister was speaking on behalf of the Chin State government.
Killing dogs violates the precepts of Buddhism, a leading monk has told the regional government as part of a sustained effort by activists to stop the city authorities poisoning strays.
Barred from seeking government action in parliament, a Shan State MP is working with local communities to help ensure that the children of families displaced by the fighting receive an education.