New freshwater species discovered in Myanmar

29 Aug 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - A team of international and local scientists have announced the discovery of previously unknown species of freshwater mussels in Myanmar. The discovery of four new freshwater mussel species and four new subspecies was recently announced by a team from the wildlife...

Make the In-visible Visible – The Salty Taste of Climate Change

Saltwater intrusion caused largely by climate change is pushing indigenous farmers in the lower Ayeyarwady Delta region and surrounding coastal area to migrate to higher land in the upper Ayeyarwady Delta and abandoned their professions. By KYAW NYUNT LINN | MYANMAR WATER PORTAL Intrusion occurs whe...

More than K9 billion required for flood prevention measures

27 Aug 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - To prevent farmland flooding, more than K9 billion will be needed to repair creeks and ditches that have silted up, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation. Creeks and ditches that have silted up cause water levels in rivers to rise, so...

Cartoonists raise money for flood relief

25 Aug 19 - Source: Mizzima - Every year Myanmar faces serious problems with flooding and this year Mon State was particularly badly hit by flooding and landslides, incidents that killed many people. It was with this in mind that the Myanmar Cartoonist Association organized and sponsored a cartoon e...

The right to community forest in Tanintharyi Region

24 Aug 19 - Source: Frontier MyanmarA community forestry scheme introduced by the military junta has allowed some communities to preserve traditional livelihoods, but heavy-handed government control and bureaucratic delays have stymied potential progress.​ By KYAW LIN HTOON | FRONTIER WHEN CHARCOAL ...

Natural disasters take a heavy toll this year

​Government officials announced on Monday that 82 people have been killed and about 200,000 displaced by landslides and flooding in Myanmar since June 25. Another 49 people were injured. 20 Aug 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Mon State was the worst-hit area in the country, said an official from the De...

Heavy Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia

Several weeks of heavy monsoon rains in August 2019 swamped Burma (Myanmar) and southern and western India, unleashing destructive floods and landslides. Above-average monsoon rainfall caused rivers and streams to overflow their banks, while destabilizing hillsides in several regions. The annual mon...

Dark days for Mon after chain of disasters

16 Aug 19 - Source - Myanmar Times - After hearing a rumbling rolling "boom" for five seconds, all the houses, including those of U Khin Maung and his neighbours, were engulfed in stones, rocks and mud. As he came out of his house after hearing the noise, he saw a pile of mud cover his neighbour's h...

Vice President calls for readiness in facing natural disasters

13 Aug 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee and Vice President U Henry Van Thio presided over a ceremony yesterday morning to provide relief assistance for the flood victims in Mon State. Organized by the Myanmar Rice Federation, the cerem...

Flooding handled poorly, says senior Mon official

13 Aug 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - A senior Mon State official has critised the government's disaster management efforts in the wake of the flooding that hit the state severely over the past week. Mon State Assembly Deputy Speaker U Aung Naing Oo said more public announcements and supervision were ...

Dawei flood and landslide damages home, water shortage

13 Aug 19 - Source: Eleven Myanmar - DAWEI- Flood and landslide occurred in the villages in Ye Phyu Township, Dawei District, Taninthari Region, caused house damages and drinking water shortage, say locals. Due to heavy downpours across Dawei District, villages were submerged and the road on Yangon-...

Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits flood-hit Mon State, meets with victims

12 Aug 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Vice President U Henry Van Thio visited flood-hit areas in Mon State yesterday to lend encouragement to rescue teams and provide aid to flood victims in Mawlamyine and Ye townships. The Vice President visited the flood victims at the 500-beded People...

Myanmar Monsoon Floods Update (As of 11 August 2019)

80,000 People Displaced Overview As of Sunday 11 August 2019, there were more than 80,000 people sheltering in evacuation sites across Myanmar, as the country has been battered over the last week by torrential monsoon rains that triggered a landslide in Paung Township, Mon State, killing more than 5...

Tens of thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar

By AFP 12 Aug 19 - Source: Frontier Myanmar - MAWLAMYINE — Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters said Monday. Seasonal monsoon rains batter the country ...

Some cities around the world are sinking

By Khin Maung Myint 11 Aug 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - During our younger days, we knew of only one city that was inundated the whole year round. The thoroughfares are a network of canals instead of paved roads. At school, when we first came to learn about that city, we were astonishe...

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