The heat is on at Mandalay General Hospital. Medical staff are making preparations for a sharp rise in heat-related ailments in the face of warnings about the powerful El Niño formation that is disrupting weather systems throughout the world.
The soldiers look tough, from a distance. Close up, you can see they’re really civilians, students in uniform, their delicate faces unmarked by the hardships of life on the front lines. That’s even before their parents, siblings the BMW, or they speed off on the late-model motorbikes.
Anticipating extreme temperatures and drought, the Mandalay Region government has released funds and is finalising its plans to relieve affected villages amid a strong but weakening El Niño weather system.
The installation of the National League for Democracy government, both at the Union level in Nay Pyi Taw and in Mandalay, could see a long-term dream come to fruition for supporters of Thakhin Ba Hein, a hero of the 1300 Revolution.
Mandalay residents need not be afraid of El Niño, water authorities say. Though meteorologists warn that the powerful weather phenomenon could cause droughts, Mandalay City Development Committee says it has already taken the measures needed to ensure an adequate supply for the coming hot season, despite increases in population.