As the mercury soars, heat-related illnesses are driving patients to the hospital in Mandalay. Eight patients seeking reprieve from the sun were admitted to Mandalay General Hospital around Thingyan, according to medical social officer U Min Lwin.
The Kayin State government has pledged that it will not allow any stupas to be built inside church or mission compounds and will work to prevent religious conflicts after a dispute last week pitched a Buddhist monk against Christian communities.
Ma Wai feels anxious and has been unable to sleep for three days while the sky clouds over at night. She is not the only one. Most residents of Yay Tha Yauk village speak of a similar experience since the area was barraged by an unusual storm of massive hailstones, some as big as golf balls, on April 22.
They're banned from speaking to the media. They need permission to ask questions in parliament. They are forced to stay in Nay Pyi Taw's municipal guesthouses. Welcome to life as a National League for Democracy parliamentarian.
Myanmar's peace process appears to be on auto-pilot. As fighters on both sides of decades-long civil war wait for the new government to announce its policy initiatives, the machinery and personnel of official institutions that no longer exist are continuing to arrange negotiations with ethnic armed groups, although to what end is not clear.
Myanmar joined 174 other countries in signing the landmark Paris climate change accord at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 22. The ceremony was billed as the largest ever one-day signing of an international agreement.