Flooding has driven thousands of people from their homes in Mandalay Division as seasonal monsoon rains wreak havoc on the region.
For centuries, the Irrawaddy River has served as Burma’s main riverine artery, but what does the future hold for this important waterway?
Settlers have returned to the Irrawaddy River-bank after local authorities evicted over 400 families before King Harald and Queen Sonya of Norway sailed the Mandalay stretch of the river.
The World Bank has pledged to cooperate with the Department of Water Resources in Burma and loan US$100 million to develop the Irrawaddy river basin. The project also aims to build weather information centers and increase the efficiency of inland water transport in Burma. Sein Tun, director of the Department of Water Resources, said that …
Kachin residents say intensive panning along crucial waterway is causing illnesses among locals and rapid destruction of river banks
“We discovered that the contamination of heavy metals such as iron, copper and arsenic has increased in the Chindwin River due to waste disposal from gold mining operations,” said the Ministry of Transport’s Director-General.