Beans and pulses exports damaged but not stopped by floods

The flow of beans and pulses exports will continue even if volumes are reduced by recent devastating floods, according to U Min Ko Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Pulses, Beans and Sesame Seeds Merchants Association. The Myanmar Rice Federation has suspended rice exports until mid-September to assist local consumers and prevent a price spike, though […]

Aid being rushed to Myanmar’s flood victims

As local and civil society groups coordinate to rush aid to victims caught up in floods, the Myanmar government has played down criticism that it was under prepared for the disaster. YANGON: International aid efforts are being accelerated to help flood victims in Myanmar as hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by massive […]

Master plan to tackle Yangon’s floods

The drafting of a master plan to deal with Yangon’s flooding problems in the rainy season has been completed, according to the roads and bridges department of Yangon City Development Committee. Since 2014, the YCDC has been drafting a plan for flood preventive measures in six Yangon townships: Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha, Lanmadaw, Botataung and Pazundaung. […]

Yangon needs planning laws, say activists

The Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA), Yangon Heritage Trust and partner organisations have sent a letter to President Thein Sein, calling for work to tackle the city’s traffic woes, floods, shortage of parking and population density. The letter says that Yangon sees unsystematic construction projects due to the lack of urban planning laws. The current […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]