About 5000 bushels of reserve seeds have been purchased by the government to help with replanting efforts of farmers whose crops have become submerged by floodwaters in several parts of the country, according to the head of the Department of Agriculture and Irrigation for Mandalay Region.
Ancient monasteries and tourist attractions are underwater following a breach in the Inwa city wall in Tada-U township, Mandalay Region, that has resulted in severe flooding. Hundreds of local villagers have been driven from their homes to take refuge in surrounding monasteries and are receiving emergency assistance.
As part of the continuing democratisation of government at lower levels, 21 elders have been elected to represent the 21 wards of Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, as part of a multi-stage process to assemble the town’s municipal governing body.
Villagers in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, are benefiting from cuts in red tape that allow them to transfer ownership of land, or to change the use to which the land is put. The new system came into force on July 28, said regional hluttaw MP U Aung Min (NLD).
A sudden, rapid influx of water into Mandalay’s Taungthaman Lake has forced authorities to block access to the city’s famed U Bein Bridge. Barriers were erected on both sides of the bridge to block pedestrian access on August 1 after the waters of the lake rose almost to the level of the bridge walkway.
The waters of the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay have surpassed the danger mark, with floodwaters yesterday inundating more than half the villages in Amarapura township and forcing closure of a major university outside Myanmar’s second-largest city.
Peace is coming and all Mandalay is coming out to greet it. Over the next week, political activists, civil society groups and ordinary residents throughout the region will be holding rallies in support of the 21st-century Panglong Conference.