Komen ravages Maungdaw

MAUNGDAW – In Maungdaw District, Rakhine State, Cyclone Komen has destroyed more than 1,700 houses, 130 schools and 29 monasteries. More than 280,000 sowed acres of farmland have been swamped, according to the land records department.

Komen hit Maungdaw on July 29 with surface wind speeds of 70 miles per hour.

Buthidaung has seen more than 70,000 acres of farmland flooded, of which 45,000 were sown.

Armed groups ask to join ceasefire

YANGON – Kokang’s Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Arakan Army have released a joint statement saying that they have invited the government to sign a ceasefire.

It said the nationwide ceasefire agreement and political dialogue were essential to gain peace.

However, the government replied that it was difficult to allow some groups to sign the peace deal.

Palaw gas project sparks protests

Myeik – Residents in Palaw Township, Tanintharyi Region, have protested over the natural gas excavation project being proposed by Oil India Limited.

A rancorous meeting between Oil India, residents, civil servants and businesses in Myeik District took place on August 5. The government and Oil India signed a memorandum of understanding for the YEB gas project in December 2014.

Armed groups help flood victims

YANGON – Kokang’s Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) have donated cash to help flood victims through the Sitagu International Buddhist Missionary Group led by Dr Ashin Nyanissara.

The groups donated Ks50 million and Ks30 million respectively, according to the Sitagu academy in Yangon.

Hnin Si Anyeint dance troupe joins flood rescue and relief operations

The popular Hnin Si Anyeint dance troupe left Yangon for Rakhine State today as part of a plan to carry out flood rescue and relief operations across the country.

EMG's relief aid arrives in Magway Region, Rakhine State, Pyay and Kalay

Rice and other relief aid donated by Eleven Media Group and other donors continued to pour into flood-affected areas in Magway Region, Rakhine State, Pyay and Kalay yesterday.

Myanmar to sign national ceasefire if most ethnic armed groups included

The government has announced it will sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) if more than half of the 18 ethnic armed groups recognised by the government take part in the process, said a representative from the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS).

Nyaungdone Township prepares for “Orange Level” emergency

 MYAUNGMYA – Water began flowing into embankments in Nyaungdone Township, Ayeyawady Region, yesterday morning, prompting the government to declare an “Orange Level” state of emergency in the area.

Patients receiving medical treatment at the hospital in Nyaungdone are being transferred to safer places, and relief camps are being opened in the downtown area.

MRF to control surging rice prices amid panic buying

Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) is trying to control increasing rice prices by supplying 3,000 bags of rice to Rakhine State, where flooding has caused people to buy more rice than usual out of panic.
MRF officials in Rakhine State asked for help from the federation’s central leadership since the people in remote areas have begun facing difficulty buying the country’s staple food due to shortages and price surges.

Some delta regions face danger of flood, flood-decreased regions still in need of emergency supplies

The water level has been gradually decreasing despite it remains above the spillways of four dams in Ayeyawady Region, according to the measurement conducted by the Irrigation Department at noon on August 4.