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Floods destroy paddy and betel leaf plantations in Madaya Township

 
Thousands of monsoon paddy and betel leaf plantations have been flooded in Madaya Township in PyinOoLwin District in Mandalay region due to the release of water from the spillway of Sedawgyi dam. 
 

First-semester exam launched in Maungdaw

Some schools closed while Maungdaw-riot launched has begun its first-semester exam starting from October 16th.
 
Although first-semester exam were held across the nation, the exams were firstly started in downtown Maungdaw and schools where have tight security.
 

Myanmar celebrates White Cane Day

Many people in Yangon, Magwe and Myitkyina took to the streets to walk in support of the 26th International White

Cane Day on October 15.

Participants marched around Yangon’s downtown area from 5am until 7am.

Many well-wishers and charity groups also were present, giving out foods and snacks.

It was also a similar situation in Magwe and Myitkyina, with hundreds turning out to join the event, including government officials.

 

Child dies as villages flooded due to water discharge from Sedawgyi Dam

MANDALAY- A child was washed away and died after some villages in Mattara Township were flooded due to water discharge from Sedawgyi Dam.

Due to recently torrential rain, the water level reached a dangerous level of  over 41.5 feet (12.6 metres) at Sedawgyi Dam in Mandalay Region. That is why authorities decided to discharge water on the morning of October 14. This led to flooding in some villages.

“We buried a death child yesterday morning,” said one of the locals from Ta Nga village.

2.7m have diabetes: ministry

About 2.7 million people between the ages of 20 and 79 have diabetes, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Another five million people had the risk of diabetes, it added.

Professor Tint Swe Latt, chairman at the Myanmar Diabetes Association, said: “Infectious diseases account only for 30 per cent of annual deaths. About 59 per cent of them are because of non-infectious diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. “Accidents were behind 11 per cent of annual deaths.”

Very few factories treat wastewater: official

Only a small number of factories properly treat sewage in the Yangon region, according to the deputy head of the Pollution Control and Cleansing Department at the Yangon City Development Committee.

Saw Win Maung said: “We have 3,474 factories in 24 industrial zones. Altogether 188 factories discharge wastewater and only around 10 per cent of them treat it properly.”

The sewage must be treated in line with the officially approved standards before it is discharged it into the rivers, he added.

Yangon’s rubbish totals 2,500 tonnes a day

Yangon produces at least 2,500 tonnes of garbage a day, according to the Yangon City Development Committee.

Saw Win Maung, deputy head of the Pollution Control and Cleansing Department, said: “After studies, we found that each resident produces 0.4 kilogram of trash. We collect between 2,500 and 2,700 tonnes of garbage every day.”

But only 5 per cent of a day’s garbage reached the dumping ground, he added.

Guns seized at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport

 

Police seized guns from three passengers at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport on the evening of October 15, Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung from Nay Pyi Taw Police Force confirmed.

Police is unable to release more details about the seizure of guns as an investigation is going on.

Floodwaters cover Meiktila-Taunggyi road near Tharzi

 

Travellers are experiencing difficulty as heavy rains caused water to overflow on Meiktila-Taunggyi road near Tharzi since the morning of October 14.

“When we arrived at the Meiktila tollgate to pay the fee, they told us that small cars cannot go past

A depression likely to occur before Tuesday

A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression over the next
48 hours, said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, joint director general of the Department of Meteorology and
Hydrology (DMH) on Saturday evening.
“Currently, the wind is brewing to become a low pressure area and it could then be intensified into a
depression,” he said.
He added that although a southwest monsoon wind had already left Myanmar on October 12,