Operators of the capsized Aung Soe Moe Kyaw 2 ferry did not have the appropriate licence to run the Chindwin River’s Homalin-Monywa route on which it sank last week, according to local vessel associations.
The Department of Special Construction has been asked by the Mandalay Region government to assist in the restoration of six pagodas that were severely damaged in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Bagan in August.
A 300-bed drug rehabilitation centre in downtown Mandalay is one of four set to open this year in an effort to boost rehabilitation-focused medical treatment and counseling services for drug users, according to an official.
Divers and local volunteers are continuing to search for survivors following the sinking of a ferry in the Chindwin River in Sagaing Region on October 15. At least five people are known to be dead, but fears are growing that the death toll will be much higher.