Advocacy groups are urging the government to amend the constitution and other laws to reduce the number of political prisoners held in the country’s jails.
More heavy rain is expected in southern Myanmar over the next few days, after which the southwest monsoon will make its way north and envelop the entire country in rain, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
Three people have been electrocuted in separate incidents in Yangon Region on the same day. Two of them, including a boy aged about 16, who has not yet been identified, apparently died in the street as a result of faulty power lines.
No-show farmers have been put on notice that the land the government sold them has to be used for agriculture – or they may face prison time. The outgoing government granted concessions in respect of nearly half a million acres in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, on condition that it was cultivated.
The new government is making all the right noises, but it remains to be seen if and how it can ensure water resources are sustainably prioritised, say water experts.
Residents who fear that their homes could be flooded if a natural reservoir broke its banks can breathe freely again, the government says.