In Hkamti, the slow death of a river

Upper Myanmar’s Chindwin River, a tributary to the great Ayeyarwady, is choking to death – on gold. As it flows through Sagaing Region’s Hkamti township, rich in natural treasures, it is fouled with red sludge and spoil, the ruins of former and active mines and diggings. The villages of Hman Bin, Phaung Sai, Kaung Hmu, […]

Ministry orders ban on sand mining

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has told the Rakhine State government to order a halt on sand mining on a series of popular beaches in the Ngapali area, as a public campaign against the practice continued to gain momentum over the past week. The announcement came as a truck, apparently owned by a company […]