IDPs rely on mobile healthcare teams


Internally displaced people from Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in Rakhine State have relied on mobile teams for healthcare, sources say.

The state has 30 relief camps hosting over 2,600 displaced people from Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Yathedaung. Ten mobile healthcare teams are taking care of IDPs.

Since the violence broke out, the Buthidaung Township hospital has been running as usual. One of the two other government hospitals has reopened.

Six mobile healthcare teams also have offered services in nine relief camps in the township.

Verification process carried out in three villages of Maungdaw

Staff members of the Rakhine State Immigration and Population Department have carried out a verification
process to issue national verification cards (NVCs) to more than 2,600 people from northern, eastern
and middle Shwezar villages in Maungdaw Township.
During the process that started on October 12, fingerprints and eye scans of the 2,600 people were put on the
record. Until October 17, NVCs were issued to 56 men and 27. Moreover, NID cards were issued to 66 men and 34 women.

More than 1,400 fires reported in nine months

Between January and September, there were 1,451 fire cases nationwide, killing 87 people and affecting more than 3,500 others, according to Myanmar Fire Service Department.
During these nine months, fire destroyed 2,569 houses, four factories and workshops and 23 warehouses, causing more than K2 billion in damage. 
Among the 1,451 cases were 249 stove fires, 501 cases of negligence, 23 accidents, 369 electric shock cases, 160 arson attacks, 119 forest fires, 24 fire attacks by insurgents and eight lightning strikes. 

Two killed by landmines in northern Shan State

Two people have been killed after stepping on landmines in Namhsan Township, northern Shan State, according to sources.
There is growing concern about the landmines among Namhsan residents as explosions killed two people separately on the same day, October 20, in the township of Palaung Self-Administered Zone.
Mai Myo Aung, official-in-charge of Ta'ang Palaung Legal Supporting Group, confirmed the incidents. 

Locals worry as fighting intensifies in Mae Tha Waw

Local people are worried about their safety as fighting has escalated between the army, border guard forces and a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) in Mae Tha Waw in the past week.
Authorities shut down Kyone Htaw waterfall due to the fighting and locals are struggling for their lives.
More than 5,000 people from 22 villages in the area were fleeing from the fighting that started on September 2, 2016 and had taken shelter at Myaing Gyi Ngu. They are in need of rice, edible oil, salt and food. Some people are also fleeing to Thailand.

Suit filed against hotel manager after fire deaths


Two women to be tried for maid suicide in Singapore


Two women involved in the case of a Myanmar national that committed suicide off a condo in Singapore have been sued, according to Pyarsi Police.

Police Captain Yarmaw claimed on October 20 that the brother of the suicide victim reported the two women, one from Yangon and one from Yamaethin that persuaded his sister to work in Singapore as a house maid.

Govt to boost healthcare services in Rakhine


According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, healthcare workforce in Maungdaw and other areas within Rakhine will be reinforced.

Mobile teams of medical professionals have been formed by the government and funded by organizations such as UNICEF and WHO to provide healthcare assistance to those in need.

Mro ethnics moved to new place

Mro ethnics moved to a new place as they didn’t dare to live in the old village where eight of their villagers were killed during extremist Bengalis attack.

The stake driving in ceremony was held at the ward number 136 in Thandarkwin, Thandarkwin village tract, east of Mayu hill in southern Maungdaw on October 20.There will be 50 houses measuring 40x60 feet each.

Deputy Minister for Ministry of Social Welfare, relief and resettlement Soe Aung, Rakhine Chief Minister Nyi Pu, and other government officials attended the ceremony.

Mine clearance should be priority: official

Since there are landmines, improvised mines and explosives in nine states and regions, mine-clearance should be a priority, advises the deputy director-general of the Social Welfare Department.
“Between 2015 and 2016 there were 224 landmine casualties,” Myo Sett Aung told a forum on October 19.
Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan, Bago and Sagaing reportedly had landmine risks.
Children accounted for one of every three landmine victims, said the Myanmar Mine Risks Working Group.