Landless , extorted and often violently evicted, Yangon’s unofficial tenants will now be shipped into “rehabilitation” camps as part of the new government’s plan to address the squatter issue.
Hundreds of people were still working yesterday in the jade mines of Hpakant, Kachin State, despite continuing downpours that had triggered a lethal landslide on May 23.
Two MPs who tried to urge parliament to act to stop outbreaks of fighting in Rakhine and Shan states say they have been sidelined by the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker. Last week, Daw Khin Saw Wai, an Arakan National Party MP for Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, tried to submit an urgent proposal pressing the government to support the delivery of aid to displaced people in the north of the state. Speaker U Win Myint rejected the proposal.
The International Committee of the Red Cross will soon establish two new orthopaedic centres in Kachin and Shan states, two regions of Myanmar heavily affected by armed conflict.
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.