The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 05 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Flooding not putting a dent in tourist agendas

Despite flooding occurring in 11 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions, tourism to the country has not been affected and travellers are still visiting the most popular destinations, tour operators say.

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More heavy rainfall forecast for southern Myanmar

Heavy rain has been forecast for southern Myanmar in the coming week, including some areas that have already seen flooding, an official from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said on August 4.

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Food shortages and swelling rivers stymie villagers’ efforts to recover

Food shortages have struck some towns in Magwe Region where heavy monsoon flooding has left residents without access to drinking water, has caused massive power cuts and has submerged crops.

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Official flood relief yet to reach hard-hit Kalay township in Sagaing Region

Amid criticism that the government has not done enough to relieve devastation caused by heavy monsoon downpours, including by those supposedly receiving the assistance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appealed yesterday for international aid to help bolster its efforts.

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Long list of needs remains unmet in Kachin IDP camps

The Kachin Independence Army is again claiming to have been subjected to chemical weapons, while hundreds of families relegated to makeshift internally displaced persons camps are struggling through rainy season with a severe dearth in supplies caused by government-imposed travel restrictions, groups in the area said.

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Outspoken politician didn’t make NLD cut

One of Yangon’s most prominent female politicians is asking why the National League for Democracy rejected her request to represent the party in the November 8 election.

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Flooding forces changes to election planning

In a further concession to the devastating flooding that has ravaged large swathes of the country, the Union Electoral Commission has agreed to allow four political parties whose registration is not yet complete to submit provisional candidate lists.

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Movie villain takes a stab at real-life political swindling

Onscreen antics proved just the beginning of actor Ko Zaw Gyi’s nefarious deeds, according to his Yangon neighbours who claim their pockets were emptied by his farfetched elections promises.

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Township hospitals face chronic shortages of medicine stocks

Township hospitals are not getting the medicines their patients need due to an antiquated, centralised system that disperses drugs ineffectively, doctors say.

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Ticketing machines cause delays, headaches

Computerised ticketing, introduced in March as part of a drive to update Yangon’s creaking rail system, is slowing things down, passengers complain.

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