Myanmar floods kill 19, displace thousands

Floods caused by heavy rain across Myanmar have killed 19 people and displaced around 14,000 families since last week. The death toll includes eight people in Magway Region, six in Rakhine, and one each in Shan, Mon, Kayah, Sagaing, and Ayeyawady. Unofficial reports put the death toll higher. “Most deaths were due to being swept ...

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17 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

17 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed 17 people, local authorities said Friday, the latest disaster to hit the murky multi-billion dollar industry....

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

An emerging online market for elephant skin in China is threatening the survival of the creatures in neighboring Myanmar as poaching intensifies to meet demand, conservationists...

Yangon shaken by 4.2-magnitude earthquake

Yangon shaken by 4.2-magnitude earthquake

Many Yangon residents felt the ground roll beneath them for a few seconds this afternoon in what was later determined to have been a 4.2-magnitude earthquake. It was at least the...

19 earthquakes hit Myanmar since Jan. 1

19 earthquakes hit Myanmar since Jan. 1

Myanmar was hit with an unusually large number of earthquakes in the first two weeks of 2018, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). However, experts say...

6 killed in jade mine landslide

6 killed in jade mine landslide

Six people were killed and one was injured by a landslide near a jade mine in Hpakant Township, Kachin State, yesterday, state media have reported. The landslide was caused by the...

Unexplored Kayin State forest becomes wildlife sanctuary

Unexplored Kayin State forest becomes wildlife sanctuary

A wide stretch of forest that is home to elephants, tigers, monkeys, and pangolins has become Myanmar’s newest wildlife sanctuary, the Karen Environmental and Social Action...

WWF announces discovery of 5 new species in Myanmar

WWF announces discovery of 5 new species in Myanmar

Researchers discovered a frog and four plant species in Myanmar in 2016, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) announced today. The discoveries are among the 115 new species...

Elephants rebel against captors, attack human villages

Elephants rebel against captors, attack human villages

The residents of several villages in Ayeyawady Region petitioned a local government minister this week to help end the terror and devastation wrought by eight elephants that have...

Golden Rock is being swallowed by a mountain of trash

Golden Rock is being swallowed by a mountain of trash

Streams of steaming trash have formed along the slopes leading down from Mon State’s Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – a famous destination for Buddhist pilgrims and international tourists....


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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.