Some one million people in Burma have been affected by recent floods, which cost the lives of nearly a hundred people, according to the government’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD).
Villagers across Irrawaddy Division are abandoning their homes in droves after warnings that floodwaters would remain well over danger levels in the days ahead.
On 2 May 2008, Cyclone Nargis swept through southern Burma, killing 140,000 people. Seven years after the worst natural disaster in Burma’s history, DVB Debate asks: ‘How would Burma manage another natural disaster?’
Millions of Burmese households remain in the dark, with only one third having access to regular electricity. More dams will mean more electricity, but where will it flow?
Thousands of visitors from Rangoon and the Irrawaddy region head to Yankinthar beach to escape the summer heat – and it’s bringing unexpected job opportunities for the local farmers.
Hundreds of activists set off from Rangoon by foot on a march to Myitsone, the source of the Irrawaddy River, to call for the complete shutdown of a China-backed hydroelectric mega-dam project at the site.
The Irrawaddy Dolphins are being threatened with extinction by the practice of “electrofishing”, which provides high yields for individual fishers at the expense of the natural environment.
Residents speak of bewilderment after two more devices are found in Henzada following yesterday’s bombing at a local government office
Explosion causes minor damage as second unexploded device is found in the compounds of separate local government office
International Labour Organisation receives case of 17-year-old girl forced by aunt to sleep with up to 10 clients each day
Police arrest 17-year-old boy after hospital in Irrawaddy division confirms body of orphaned girl displays signs of rape
New York-based group says little tangible improvement to Burma’s media landscape is evident as independent journalists face continued harrassment
Govt to hand decision regarding the Myitsone project to new Environment Ministry, offering hope of a rethink on the controversial dam
Farmers protest in Bassein, Irrawaddy division, plan to confiscate 800-acres of their farmlands near Ngwesaung