Cattle exports to China show good promise, official says

Magwe Region exports some 25,000 head of cattle a year to China, according to the region and veterinary officials. U Maung Maung Soe Oo, director of Magwe’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said 252 shipments of cattle were sent to China in the 12 months ending in October this year. Statistics also showed that 280 […]

Myanmar dam overflow floods 100 villages

Monsoon rains caused a central Myanmar dam to overflow early Wednesday, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country’s biggest highway, a government official said. No casualties have been reported but thousands were displaced and took shelter in temporary camps. Swar Chaung dam’s spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke […]

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 […]

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, […]