Water levels have risen steadily since unrelenting monsoon rain began in early July, driving some people to higher land or seek shelter in Buddhist monasteries, says official.
“From early 2017 to 9 July 2017, 2,855 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever and 18 died from the virus.”
Foreign aid groups had previously been denied access to shelters amid ongoing clashes between government security forces and armed mobs.
A new project has been launched with the aim of reducing the high rate of traffic fatalities on Burma’s most notorious highway.
Sales of betel quid are down almost by half in many parts of Burma amid rumours of a government ban on chewing betel.
After each disaster in Southeast Asia, well-meaning groups donate infant formula, not realising the dangers it can pose to mothers and infants.