Four dead, three missing after Myanmar dam overflow

Floods from a dam breach in Central Myanmar has left four people dead and three missing, a ministry official confirmed Friday, the first casualties reported two days after a portion of the levee collapsed from heavy monsoon rains. The deceased were three men and one woman, said Phyu Lei Lei Tun, a director at the ...

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Thousands displaced by floods after dam fails in Bago Region

Thousands displaced by floods after dam fails in Bago Region

Bago Region has been hit by major floods for the second time in a month, catching authorities and residents off-guard yet again. Nearly 50,000 people in Bago Region have been...

Japan to help Myanmar sort organic waste

Japan to help Myanmar sort organic waste

Japan has agreed to provide Myanmar with technology to help sort and dispose of organic waste, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed by the two countries in Naypyidaw on...

4.3-magnitude offshore earthquake shakes Yangon

4.3-magnitude offshore earthquake shakes Yangon

At least three people reported feeling an earthquake that shook Yangon and the surrounding area this afternoon, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake struck...

Five coal miners suffocate after Sagaing Region explosion

Five coal miners suffocate after Sagaing Region explosion

Four Myanmar coal miners and one Chinese technician suffocated in a mine in Kalaywa Township, Sagaing Region, last week after a methane gas explosion collapsed the tunnel they...

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Killings of wild elephants in Myanmar dropped this year for the first time in at least four years, thanks to cooperative conservation efforts carried out by government...

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Ethnic conflict in Myanmar’s forested regions threatens wild tigers, and ending conflict is key to protecting them, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced last week,...

Short on boats, Myanmar flood rescuers seek public support

Short on boats, Myanmar flood rescuers seek public support

At least five people have been killed and 54,000 displaced by floods that hit central, eastern, and southern Myanmar last week. Government departments and other organizations have...

Baby snake fossil in Kachin amber sheds light on snake evolution

Baby snake fossil in Kachin amber sheds light on snake evolution

The oldest and possibly first fossilized baby snake known to science is the subject of a new paleontological study published last week that offers new insights into the...

New virus discovered in Myanmar bats

New virus discovered in Myanmar bats

A team of scientists have discovered a previously unknown virus in Myanmar, as well as another virus that has previously only been observed in Thailand. The viruses were found in...


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The environment is an important issue in Myanmar and one to watch closely. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is at risk of deforestation even as the government has tried to stop exporting timber in recent years to stem the tide. The planned construction of major dam projects also has observers concerned about environmental impact in different states. Many areas rich in minerals and gems such as jade and ruby are a source for environmental damage, labor abuse and conflict.