Environment


Residents of western Myanmar’s Chin state will face challenges reaching polling stations to vote in general elections in November because of washed-out roads and bridges caused by recent floods along with continued heavy rains, local election officials said Wednesday according to an RFA report on 19 August.
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As fallout continues from the worst flooding in decades to hit several regions in Burma, aid groups say that in addition to the ongoing humanitarian needs of people affected by the high waters, thousands of farm animals urgentlyrequirefood and medicine.
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An election watchdog has found its member groups’ duties sidetracked by flood relief efforts as much of Burma continues to grapple with some of its worst flooding in decades.
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Floods have receded in many disaster-hit parts of Burma in the past week, while large areas remain inundated. But officials and aid workers warn that hundreds of communities in both areas face an acute shortage of clean water after floods contaminated ponds and wells.
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China has sent a fresh batch of relief aid to flood-hit Myanmar Xinhuanet reported on 16 August. Motorized dinghies worth 1.6 million US dollars were flown in on Saturday night to help with rescue operations.
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Flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains and the tail end of Cyclone Komen since last month killed 103 people and affected nearly 1.3 million people in Myanmar, a senior government official said on Thursday, RFA reported on 13 August.
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Rain filters through green slats into Myanma Agricultural Development Bank’s (MADB) headquarters on Pansodan Street. The listed heritage building is an antique – many of the rooms are empty, worn by decades of neglect.
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The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) announced a total ban on new logging of teak and other hardwoods in Karenni State, and has outlawed all logging businesses in the territory.
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The Rakhine State government is requesting almost 12 times more funding to respond to flood devastation than the state has spent on all of its relief efforts nationwide, according to official figures.
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Thein Sein announced in September 2011 that the construction of the Myitsone Dam would be suspended “for the duration of our government,” a move that will be remembered as one of the key moments of his presidency.
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In the third mass die-off this year, tens of thousands of fish have died in Mandalay’s Lake Taungthaman. The number of dead fish appears to be less than in the previous events of April and May.
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Burma’s government and military have won rare praise for their handling of the country’s deadly floods, helping to erase criticism over a previous disaster and possibly bolstering support before a landmark election in November.
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Ooredoo Myanmar has offered support to those affected in the country’s 11 national disaster zones following severe seasonal flooding telecompaper.com reported on 10 August.
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Health workers are battling the spectre of cholera in the regions devastated by floods. So far, they say, the several known outbreaks of diarrhoea do not constitute an epidemic. But relief workers are moving rapidly to distribute medicines and carrying out crash public health education programs on the scene to alert people to the risk of dirty water and contaminated food.
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The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) on Tuesday (Aug 11) launched a month-long appeal for funds to aid communities affected by widespread floods in Myanmar. The Singapore Government last Friday pledged US$100,000 (S$140,000) to kickstart the public appeal.
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The battle for sustainability will be won – or lost – in Asia. Although it may sound dramatic, the concept is not far-fetched. Our region is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, accounting for 40 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of global growth. Globally, 60pc of the population calls Asia home and urban populations are predicted to grow from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion in 2050.
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The number of people affected by flooding across Myanmar was approaching 1 million on Sunday, with waters in the low-lying southwestern delta inundating homes and forcing villagers into temporary shelters, the government said. The death toll was on the verge of topping 100.
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Four days ahead of the deadline for general election candidate submissions, nearly 4,000 names from 78 parties, along with more than 100 independents, have officially filed candidacy applications with Burma’s electoral body.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation is drawing up contingency plans to import rice in response to widespread flooding, officials said.
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The Australian Government will provide extra humanitarian relief supplies to those displaced by flooding and landslides in Myanmar following Cyclone Komen, according to an Aug. 9 press release.
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