Letpadaung copper mining suspended as tension mounts

Sagaing Region chief minister Dr Myint Naing has suspended the Letpadaung copper mining project to prevent further tension between the local residents and trucks carrying copper.

"It is true that mining at Letapdaung has halted. It had to be done, as otherwise further problems will arise. I cannot say when it will reopen - we have to review the situation," said the chief minister.

Heatwave threatens to submerge Ayeyawady delta: report

Rising sea levels may result in 10 kilometres of the Ayeyawady Delta being submerged, according to a climate risk report.

The World Wide Fund, the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance Programme and the Columbia University Centre for Climate compiled the report using data provided by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

In half a century the sea will rise by up to 40 centimetres due to extreme rainfall and lower parts of the delta will be submerged, the report forecasts.

11 cities exceed 40°C

Eleven cities have seen temperatures exceed 40°C this month, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

Chauk and Bawlakhe recorded new highs for March of 41°C and Nay Pyi Taw, Kyaukse, Minbu, Magwe, Aunglan, Taungtwingyi, Pyay, Taungoo and Shwe Kyin measured 40°C.

Deputy director Dr Kyaw Moe Oo said: “Yangon has temperatures of 36°C. There has been rain but daytime temperatures are increasing significantly. Temperatures will continue increasing into April. El Niño last year pushed temperatures up to 46.5°C."

Storm flattens Sagaing houses

A storm flattened houses and trees in villages in Kalay Township, Sagaing Region, on March 25.

“It suddenly went dark and a storm came down. A lamppost was toppled by a tree, which entangled with electric cables and telephone cables. It came from the north. Roofs were blown off in Yazajoe and Nansaungpu villages," said villager Aung Myint Oo.

Storms have been forecast since mid-March.

Yangon blackouts announced

Yangon will be on power rotation plan until April 2 as supplies from the Yadanar natural gas pipeline will be temporarily stopped, according to Yangon Electricity Supply Board.

It said Yangon residents may face temporary blackouts as natural gas turbines would not have a supply.

UN Rakhine probe rejected

Myanmar has rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council’s resolution to send an international fact-finding mission to Rakhine State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on March 24.

Yangon golf budget alarms MP

Sixty-one per cent of Yangon Region's budget will be spent on city development projects, claims MP Kyaw Zeya of Dagon Township constituency No.2.

Under the proposed investments in the Regional Project Bill, the development committee would spend Ks170 billion (61 per cent) out of the Ks280 billion budget, he said.

"Its budget spending should be only for the interests of the public and not a handful of people. We should scrutinise budget spending," he added.

Govt urged to create more employment, to stop foreign exodus

More and more middle-aged Myanmar nationals are migrating to other countries, despite the Myanmar New Year getting closer, chairperson of Joint Action Committee for Myanmar Citizens Moe Kyo has said.

He urged the government to create more employment opportunities for workers.

Moe Kyo said: “The new government should create more employment opportunities and labour wages ... the fact that more people are leaving the country for employment is evidence of poor job opportunities.”

11 die per day in road crashes

Traffic accidents killed about 11 people per day in Myanmar, which has the sec

TB efforts stepped up

It is estimated that Myanmar has about 200,000 new tuberculosis (TB) patients every year and around 150,000 of them were provided "free" medical treatment last year, said Professor Thet Khaing Win, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health.

“Of Myanmar's 51.4 million population, about 200,000 people were estimated to be infected with TB annually. Around 150,000 patients were diagnosed and treated in 2016. So we should accelerate our efforts to find the remaining patients and give medical treatment,” he said.