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Fourteen Inmates Caught after Escaping from Hpa-an Prison

Fourteen out of 41 escaped inmates have been caught after they broke out of Taung Kalay Prison in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, an official from the State Police Force said to Karen News on September 16. “We caught 14 inmates up to this evening (September 16). They were caught in different areas so there is a time difference. We’ve already…

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Kyainseikgyi Township Receives Ks 10,128 million for Community Driven Development Project

The Karen State’s Kyainseikgyi Township has received Ks 10,128 million for the community driven development (CDD) project, which has been carried out in joint cooperation between the World Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and the Department of Rural Development within a period of four years, the project coordinator said to Karen News on September 12. “A total of…

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Two More Relief Camps Opened for Flood Victims in Hpa-an

After second flooding hit the Karen State’s capital Hpa-an, two more relief camps have been opened in the city and the number of flood victims has increased by over 1,000, the Karen State Department of Disaster Management’s director U Lin Htut said. “The floodwater rose again so two more relief camps have been opened. The number of flood victims has…

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MPT Offers 30-minute Free Calls in Flood-affected Areas

MPT (Myanma Posts and Telecommunications) has offered free calls up to 30 minutes to its subscribers in 18 townships in the Karen State, Mon State, and eastern Bago Region, which has recently been hit by flood, according to a press release sent by MPT to Karen News on August 3. This service can be used within 30 days starting on…

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Flood Victims still Unable to Return Home due to Slow Recede of Flood

The water level of the Than Lwin (Salween) River is still five feet above its danger level in the Karen State and the homes of the local residents are still submerged even though the flood has receded, so Hpa-an residents are still facing difficulties in returning home. The flood victims have been forced to abandon their homes and take refuge…

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Flood-affected Victims still Need Aids on Kawt-Lon Island

Relief aids are still needed for over 2,000 people from 15 villages on Kawt-lon Island in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State after the island became flooded by the swelling river caused by a week-long rainfall, village officials said. “Our entire island was submerged. The water level has dropped by two feet now. Even though the water level has dropped, we still…

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Three Townships in Karen State Hit Hardest by Flood – Over 16,000 People Affected

Myawaddy, Hlaing-bwe, and Hpa-an townships, in Karen State, have been affected by severe flooding after heavy rain triggered a sudden rise in the river level of the Than-lwin (Salween) River and the Thaung-yin (Moei) River this week, the State Department of Disaster Management’s director U Lin Htut said. “Currently, Myawaddy is in the first place [among the hardest-hit townships]. Hlaing-bwe…

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State Counsellor’s Peace Talk in Hpa-an Postponed Indefinitely, Visited Flood Victims Instead

The State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s peace talk in Hpa-an has been postponed indefinitely due to bad weather, instead the State Counsellor visited flood victims in relief camps in the Karen State’s capital. The peace talk was originally scheduled to be held between the State Counsellor and local ethnic youths, computer experts, and civil society organizations at Zwekabin…

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Authorities Forcibly Abolish Buildings on Land Given away by the Military in San-pa-ree Village Tract

The Karen State authorities have been clearing up unauthorized buildings since July 17 on the land that has been released by the military in San Pa Ree Village Tract, Hpa-an Township. A total of 928.93 acres of land out of 1,128.39 acres, which has been released by the military, has been designated by the government as state-owned land. The government…

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Martin’s 70th Birthday Gift Teaches Karen Students Valuable Lessons

Children from 21 villages in Karen State will reap the benefits from an Australia family’s wish to make their father’s 70th birthday extra special. David Ziegler from Sydney, Australia wanted to make Martin, his father’s 70th birthday memorable. David contacted Kanchana Thornton, the director of the Burma Children Medical Fund to see if there was a project he could support…

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