Violent storms that saw hailstones the size of golf balls rain down across the north of the country have killed at least eight people, toppled pagodas and damaged thousands of buildings, according to officials.
Local and international experts are studying last week’s magnitude-6.8 earthquake that rumbled Sagaing Region and was felt across the country. No deaths or serious damage was reported, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement announced the following day.
Municipal authorities in Mandalay have reversed restrictions on water use for this year’s Thingyan festival. Mandalay City Development Committee will now allow water to be taken from the city’s palace moat, deeming that it would have no effect on supply to homes in the city.
A temporary market will be built after Thingyan for those who lost their shops in a fire at Mingalar Market last month, a Mandalay City Development Committee official has confirmed.
Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung has vowed to review projects awarded by the outgoing government.