Downpours beyond the country’s northwestern border, along with deforestation, have created a “significant” surge in the level of the Ayeyarwady River, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology warned yesterday.
Foreign donors have agreed to provide US$75,000 to keep the peace process running until the National League for Democracy-backed government takes office at the end of March, negotiators said yesterday.
Health officials are preparing to treat the effects of high temperatures as warnings of a powerful El Niño effect continue to multiply. Following a planning meeting last week in Nay Pyi Taw, treatment guidelines have been drawn up and hospitals alerted in the lower and central Myanmar.
Census data held back last year is still too sensitive to release, officials say. Though the initial results of the 2014 census were released in August of that year and a more detailed statistical picture was made public in May 2015, information about religion and ethnicity was kept under wraps.
After a week-long standoff, Christian anti-narcotic campaigners and Kachin State authorities have reached a deal on a plan to eradicate thousands of acres of poppy fields ahead of harvest season. Members of anti-drug group Pat Ja San will be allowed to proceed on a clearance mission in two sub-townships of the state accompanied by soldiers and police providing security.
Yangon's traffic congestion is a major factor in fouling the city’s air, experts say. Speaking at an air quality seminar, Dr Than Htut, a retired head of the Occupational Health Unit, said it was the most important of three major causes of air pollution, the other two being electricity distribution and industry.
The Joint Monitoring Committtee, tasked to monitor compliance to the nationwide ceasefire, has pointed the finger at the Restoration Council of the Shan State for violating the agreement during recent clashes with another ethnic armed group.