The New Yangon City Project: An Urban Planner’s View

​16 July 18 -  In 1988, Yangon measured about 80 sq. miles (around 207 sq. km). The city has grown in the three decades since then and now covers more than 300 sq. miles (777 sq. km). The author of this article has been in the urban planning field for around 50 years and has never come across another city that has more than tripled in size wit...
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New-design concrete wall to protect banks against erosion

​16 July 18 - The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (Mandalay Region) said it has built retaining walls in Amarapura and Ngazun townships in Mandalay Region using a new design for the first time. The department carried out 19 projects to sustainably protect river banks against erosion along the Ayeyawady River in M...
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Exclusive: Yangon turns to Power Rangers as blackouts strike

​9 July 18 -  Monsoon doesn't seem to bother the residents of Yangon much. Boys selling snacks by traffic lights open up their umbrellas and continue peddling goods from car to car. A taxi driver chucks a food wrapper into the gutter on the roadside. Litter is causing a flooding problem in the city, the Yangon's Mayor U Maung Maung Soe says, w...
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Floods, crop damage under-scores need for insurance

6 July 18 - Due to heavy rainfall during the month of June, more than half a million acres of farming land was flooded and some 250,000 acres totally destroyed as at June 29, said U Myo Tint Tun, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI). That underscores the need to implement a crop insurance ...
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Key findings: Myanmar Living Conditions Survey 2017

5 July 18 - A joint report by the Central Statistical Organisation, the UNDP and the World Bank, reveals significant changes in living conditions in Myanmar over time. The key findings are: - The main changes in electrification are happening in Myanmar's villages, with almost all the growth in solar and public grid access coming from rural are...
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Hpakant flooding sweeps hundreds of houses in downtown wards

​3 July 18 -  Hundreds of houses situated in four downtown wards went under water after flooding yesterday in Hpakant and Lonekhin regions, Kachin State. The flooding is the highest record in 2018. As the bridges crossing Uru River in Lonekhin and Hpakant are in flood, the various organizations remove the debris aiming not to break the flooded...
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Rivers may swell pass danger levels during July

​2 July 18  -  During the month of July, water level in 12 Rivers may swell well over danger levels according to Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). Chindwin River during July exceed dangerous water level once in Khamti, Homalin, Phaungpyin, Mawleik, Kalaywa, Minkin, kani and Monywa. Ayeyawaddy River water rising beyond the dan...
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Water purification plant to be built near Letpadaungtaung copper project

​2 July 18 -  Thailand and Myanmar will invest US$5 million to build a water purification plant near Letpadaungtaung copper mining project in Monywa, Sagaing Region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) in Sagaing Region.  " The investment volume is $5 million. Myanmar is going to build a pla...
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Airport in eastern Myanmar temporarily closed due to flooding

​28 June 18 -  The Tachilek Airport in Shan state of eastern Myanmar has been temporarily closed due to flooding after heavy rainfall hit the area since Tuesday night, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. The rain water flooded a runway of the airport, forcing the airport to close on Wednesday until weather condition imp...
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Ayeyawady river water level falls from over 1,000cm at Mandalay harbour

27 June 18 - The level of the Ayeyawady River at Mandalay harbour has declined slightly after a rapid rise during the monsoon, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. The water level reached 1,034cm on 24 June. On the morning of 26 June, the level was at 992cm, down 42cm compared to 24 June. "The river level has declined...
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Project to boost conservation

​26 June 18 -  The Mekong River Commission and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have launched a joint study on forest conservation and river basin management in the lower Mekong aimed at improving management and environmental conservation of the area. The study was launched last Friday at a meeting in Laos where the MRC and JICA sign...
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More rain to be expected: Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH)

​25 June 18 -  Rain is heavy in Rakhine and Mon states due to monsoon wind and isolated heavy downpour caused by rainclouds will be occurred in lower Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway and west of Bago regions, said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). "Isolated rainfall will occur in upper Sagaing region a...
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Myanmar devises roadmap for expansion of Yangon city

​ 24 June 18  - Myanmar's Yangon regional government has formed a new firm to draw up a roadmap to undertake expansion of the financial center to make it a business-friendly and livable city. The first and second phases of the huge project of the New Yangon City Development Company (NYDC), which is fully owned by the regional government, ...
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Concern voiced over industrial pollution of Myanmar’s Hlaing River

23 June 18 - Lab in-charge Dr. Aye Aye Win from Green Land Organization said that there was high content of iron in Hlaing River near Hlinetharyar and Shwepyithar industrial zones because of waste water released from these zones. "We found a high content of iron in the river water. And it is very muddy and contains a high level of siltati...
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Officials provide boats, food, cash during Mon State flood

​23 June 18 -  Heavy rains poured down in Mawlamyine without interruption starting from the evening of 16 June until the morning of 17 June, causing water flowing into the wards to rapidly rise to five-and-a-half feet or six feet. Residents had to be moved to higher ground and given shelter. Interview by Shin Min, Hmay Kyu Zin The followi...
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