In rural Myanmar, more frequent and intense droughts affecting local livelihoods

In the dry and arid central region of Myanmar, climate risks mean more intense and longer dry spells and frequent droughts. Village communities mostly eke out a living growing peanuts and sesame and raising livestock. But as water for drinking and farming gets scarce, many communities are coping by ...
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Unexpected thunderstorm hits Yangon

Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar  Date: 4 April 2018  ​Thunderstorms, lightning, isolated heavy rainfall, and gale-force winds hit Yangon yesterday, knocking down trees, ripping off roofs, causing power outages and dropping temperatures. "The strong wind hit for 20 minutes. It ...
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Flashfloods inundate downtown Yangon

Source: Myanmar Times Date: 4 April 2018 ​ Heavy rain flooded roads in Yangon on Tuesday during a thunderstorm, and the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said the country is entering the pre-monsoon period. Thunderstorms are likely to occur across the country, especially in the afternoon and e...
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Fish resource declines in Ye due to poison fishing

Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar Date: 10 March 2018 ​Local fishermen in Ye, Taninthayi Region, are facing scarcity of fish in the rivers, and have blamed illegal fishing activities for the decline. Traditional fishermen have complained about illegal fishing with the use of poison to the...
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Villages brace for water shortages this summer

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 7 March 2018 ​ As summer sets in, hundreds of villages throughout the country are likely to face water shortages in the coming months, warned the water supply and sanitation section of the Department of Rural Development. According to official records, 860 villages su...
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Yangon Regional Chief Minister stated that he will set up Yangon City development plan in line with four disciplines

Source: The Myanmar Times  Date: 16 February, 2018 - Translation - (original article in Burmese) ​ Yangon Regional Chief Minister H.E U Phyo Min Thein stated that Yangon Regional Government will set up the Yangon City development plan focusing on the following four disc...
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Conservationists sound alarm over pollution, abuse of wetlands

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 23 February 2018 ​ Conservationists have expressed grave concern over the deterioration of the country's wetlands mainly due to pollution, converting them to farmland and climate change. Daw Thiri Dae We Aung, programme manager of the Biodiversity and Nature Conservat...
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World Bank ready to support disaster-response efforts

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 24 February 2018 The World Bank stands ready to support Myanmar's efforts to help its people in times of disaster, said an official of the international financial institution. Ellen Goldstein, the bank's country director for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, said World Bank...
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Riverbank erosion poses hurdle to rural development

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 16 February, 2018 ​ Riverbank erosion is becoming a major challenge to rural development in Myanmar because it damages not only people's homes but also their livelihoods, according to the Department of Disaster Management. The agency noted that bank erosions on major ...
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Drones to aid mangrove rehabilitation

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 8 February, 2018 ​ Worldview International Foundation is testing a project aimed at speeding up the rehabilitation of mangrove forests in Yangon Region using drones to replant the shrubs, which only thrive on saline or brackish water along coasts, a senior executive o...
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50 villages & 1700 acres of land destroyed after Sedawgyi Dam overflows in Region

Source: mmtimes,19th October 2017 Heavy floods triggered by overflowing water at Sedawgyi Dam has devastated some 50 villages and also destroyed croplands. According to local villages, the incident that occurred on October 14 in Madaya township in Mandalay Region, was the worst flood to hit the area...
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Myanmar Floods Displace More Than 130,000

26 July 2017 YANGON — More than 130, 000 people have been displaced by recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding across the country, with two deaths reported, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. One man drowned in the floods in Hkamti Township, Sagaing Region and a...
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