Chin State Capital Faces Possible Food Shortages Due to Heavy Rains, Landslides Skip to main content

Chin State Capital Faces Possible Food Shortages Due to Heavy Rains, Landslides

Collapsed and damaged houses in Hakha, the Chin State capital where torrential rains have triggered landslides and forced scores of people from their homes. (Photo: Bk Lian / Facebook)
Collapsed and damaged houses in Hakha, the Chin State capital where torrential rains have triggered landslides and forced scores of people from their homes. (Photo: Bk Lian / Facebook)
PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Division — Torrential rains in Hakha have triggered landslides and caused many houses to collapse, blocking roads and leading to concerns of possible food shortages in the Chin State capital in northwestern Burma.
“We can no longer buy rice, charcoal or drinking water in Hakha. All roads have been blocked by landslides. People are in great trouble. Children at the relief camps were fed with plain rice and pickled tea-leaf salad,” said Sung Zi Mang, vice president of the Chin National League for Democracy, which is now carrying out relief efforts in Hakha.
All roads leading to the state capital have been cut off since Wednesday after heavy rains caused landslides.
Situated at over 6,000 feet above sea level, many houses in Hakha are built on mountain slopes. Heavy rains caused the foundations of some buildings to weaken, with more than 100 houses collapsing since last week, according to rescue workers.
Some of the affected have sought shelter in the homes of relatives while more than 150 people from 33 households are taking refuge at the City Hall.
“So far we haven’t received any food supplies from the government. Without any help, we could face a total food shortage in the next three days and the situation will deteriorate. More than 2,000 people need aid. Hakha is facing a state of emergency,” Sung Zi Mang said on Friday.
Nearly all houses in Khwa Be, a village four miles from Hakha, had collapsed as of Thursday night, forcing villagers to stay in the forest, according to Aung Tun Lin, the state capital’s municipal chief.
“We have landslides everywhere. A township administrator and team are now on a mission to rescue the villagers in Khwa Be. All roads have been blocked. There’s no rice at shops,” he said.
Sung Zi Mang said landslides had also hindered rescue efforts.
“When we drove to rescue people from their collapsed houses, the roads were blocked. It made it very difficult for rescue work,” she said.
Landslides were also reported in Falam and Paletwa, where some buildings and bridges had collapsed due to heavy rains.
Kalay, a town in neighboring Sagaing Division, has also suffered from floods which have cut off transportation. Many people are now in relief camps.
The road connecting Falam and Kalay was blocked by a landslide, causing a shortage of rice, a staple food in Burma, according to local people.
In the past week, several regions in Burma have been inundated due to torrential rains.
Up to 110,000 people were severely affected by flooding throughout the country, with 21 deaths reported in July, according to an update released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on July 30, citing government statistics.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and published in state media on Thursday, more than 50,000 acres of farmland are under water in Irrawaddy Division. In Sagaing Division, more than 100,000 acres of farmland are reportedly inundated.
Prominent Burmese meteorologist Tun Lwin has urged the government to announce a state of emergency nationwide and facilitate urgent rescue work.



Popular posts from this blog

Chronology of the Press in Burma

1836 – 1846 * During this period the first English-language newspaper was launched under British-ruled Tenasserim, southern  Burma . The first ethnic Karen-language and Burmese-language newspapers also appear in this period.     March 3, 1836 —The first English-language newspaper,  The Maulmain Chronicle , appears in the city of Moulmein in British-ruled Tenasserim. The paper, first published by a British official named E.A. Blundell, continued up until the 1950s. September 1842 —Tavoy’s  Hsa-tu-gaw  (the  Morning Star ), a monthly publication in the Karen-language of  Sgaw ,  is established by the Baptist mission. It is the first ethnic language newspaper. Circulation reached about three hundred until its publication ceased in 1849. January 1843 —The Baptist mission publishes a monthly newspaper, the Christian  Dhamma  Thadinsa  (the  Religious Herald ), in Moulmein. Supposedly the first Burmese-language newspaper, it continued up until the first year of the second Angl

Thai penis whitening trend raises eyebrows

Image copyright LELUXHOSPITAL Image caption Authorities warn the procedure could be quite painful A supposed trend of penis whitening has captivated Thailand in recent days and left it asking if the country's beauty industry is taking things too far. Skin whitening is nothing new in many Asian countries, where darker skin is often associated with outdoor labour, therefore, being poorer. But even so, when a clip of a clinic's latest intriguing procedure was posted online, it quickly went viral. Thailand's health ministry has since issued a warning over the procedure. The BBC Thai service spoke to one patient who had undergone the treatment, who told them: "I wanted to feel more confident in my swimming briefs". The 30-year-old said his first session of several was two months ago, and he had since seen a definite change in the shade. 'What for?' The original Facebook post from the clinic offering the treatment, which uses lasers to break do

Myanmar Villagers Tell of 150 Homes Burned in Deadly Army Air Attacks

Artillery fire and aerial bombardments by Myanmar forces killed three civilians and burned scores of houses in their communities in mid-March amid fighting between Myanmar forces and the rebel Arakan Army in war-ravaged Rakhine state, villagers recounted Monday at a press conference. Villagers from Kyauktaw township in western Myanmar's Rakhine state discuss the government military's attacks on their communities at press conference in Sittwe, March 30, 2020. They made the comments after traveling from in Kyauktaw township to the state capital Sittwe to give testimony on a series of attacks on civilian dwellings amid a government-imposed internet shutdown in nine townships in Rakhine and neighboring Chin state, cutting off vital information about the fighting. They villagers accused the Myanmar Army of conducting an aerial bombing on civilian communities that destroyed about 150 homes and a monastery in Pyaing Taing village, while government soldiers on the g