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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 […]

Disaster-prone Myanmar presses alert button as monsoon looms

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is a possessed man, running here and there, to check on the preparations of local governments in response to the perennial threats of the monsoon, which is just around the corner. The vice president, who is also chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, assured that he will […]

Myanmar’s tourism industry faces challenges

Myanmar’s tourism industry has experienced a significant decline compared to previous years. To understand the causes for this development the Global New Light of Myanmar interviewed U Thet Lwin Toe, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. Q: May I know current situation of tourism industry? The country’s tourism sector rose in 2012 like a tsunami. […]

Monsoon hits Mandalay’s tourism

Popular destinations in Mandalay have seen a significant decline in the number of tourists arrivals this month, as the monsoon season has arrived. The wet season runs from May to September. “Visitor numbers have declined during May. Yet, tourists from Thailand and China visit Mandalay almost every day. In the past years, boat drivers had […]

Raining beer in Myanmar!

A Myanmar travel group is offering free beer if it rains during their tour package from now till 30 September 2013. Khiri Travel Myanmar will give guests on upcountry trips in Myanmar free beer on each day that it rains for more than 10 minutes during the day. This offer is valid from now until […]