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Kawkareik to Myawaddy trade routes blocked by landslides

The Kawkareik to Myawaddy road, a major trading route between Burma and Thailand, is still blocked by landslides caused by the recent heavy rains. The road crosses the Dawna Ranges has been blocked since July 28 and has yet to be cleared of the debris from the flooding and landslides. Speaking to Karen News, the traffic police officer in charge…

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Myawaddy floods: witnesses claim death toll could be as high as 32

Myawaddy Town residents claim that at least 32 people died in floods last week when four days of heavy rains caused the Moei River to breech its banks. The floodwaters swamped the Thai border town of Mae Sot and the Burma border town of Myawaddy. Government official figures put the flood related deaths at three, a Myawaddy resident, who asked…

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Moei River floods Myawaddy Town – 25,000 evacuated in Karen State

The Moei River breeched its banks and flooded the Burma border town of Myawaddy and as many as 5,000 residents homes were affected by the floodwaters. It is estimated that as many as 25,000 people in Karen State have been made homeless by the floods. Sources from a community-based group who are helping the flood victims said that the water…

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Border floods – the big clean-up starts

Floodwaters in the Thai Burma border towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy have started to fall. Residents on both sides of the border have started to clear away the debris brought by the floodwaters. The director of the Burma Children Medical Fund, Kanchana Thornton explained to Karen News that the floods had played havoc with patients’ treatment schedules. “We need…

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River Moei floods – Mae Sot and Myawaddy under water

The River Moei broke its banks on the Thai Burma border today after heavy rains lashed the area over the last week. The commercial business district of Mae Sot is under heavy floodwaters. Many shops and restaurants have closed their doors as the floodwaters are expected to continue to rise. Mae Tao Clinic had to shut its services down as…

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Taungoo villagers protest Thauk Ye Khat Dam

Protesting Karen villagers and community organisations concerned that a dam construction will destroy plantations, roads and their way of life stage a protest against the energy company. As many as 200 villagers from Taungoo Township in Pegu (Pago) Division staged a protest last week against Shwe Energy (Asia World) Company voicing their concerns over the negative impacts of the Thauk…

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Heavy flooding destroys 9,500 acres of rice in eastern Burma

Record monsoon rains in eastern Burma destroyed thousands of acres of rice cultivated by villagers and there are no sign the rains are likely to ease any time soon. Farmers hit hard by the heavy rains confirmed to Karen News that a total of 9,500 acres of farms in Kawkareik and Kyain Seikgyi townships are completely swamped and destroy by…

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Floods hammer Karenni refugees

The heavy rain that lashed northern Thailand during previous months and the ongoing monsoon has caused destruction to roads and bridges in Karenni refugees camp No.2 and refugees are now having difficulties to travel or accessing services within the camp. Heavy rains during early October destroyed bridges in the camp caused massive flooding and landslides. The monsoon rains broke the…

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Rebuilt bridge makes camp safe

A suspension bridge in Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp that was swept away in the worst floodwaters seen for 50 years in northern Thailand has been rebuilt by international NGO’s, including the Thailand Burma Border Consortium. The Karen Refugee Committee said the suspension footbridge in the Mae Ra Ma Luang Refugee Camp that links Section 7A to 7B and…

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Floods kill two Mae La camp refugees

Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains killed two residents of Mae La refugee camp this week. According to Saw Ah Mu, the camp security officer, Saw Pe Klay 19, a high school student, was swept away by the fast floodwaters in the Htee Nu stream as he was crossing on his way to school. Saw Ah Mu said that Saw…

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