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.
Despite the constant menace of cyanide and mercury used in the search for gold, and the threat of electrocution from unscrupulous fishermen, the number of Irrawaddy dolphins has slightly increased this year, fisheries officials say.
The military has sent bulldozers to dig up land claimed by farmers who say it was seized from them, without compensation, more than 20 years ago. The move came after the farmers, in Mekin Kone village, Patheingyi township, Mandalay Region, asked the authorities to restore their land to them.
Police say a major drug bust in Mandalay over the weekend netted more than US$30 million worth of illicit substance, including heroin and Ecstasy. An anti-narcotics team arrested three alleged drug traffickers and seized heroin, opium, methamphetamine and precursor chemicals in a container truck and four cars.