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UN delivers aid to farmers in Rakhine State; More ASEAN assistance to arrive this month

FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM

UN delivers aid to farmers in Rakhine State

The U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) stated that it has provided agricultural aid to more than 35,000 people affected by Cyclone Mocha in Sittwe and across Rakhine State. It provided seeds to locals so they could grow fruits and vegetables before the monsoon season arrives. The UNDP will also provide machinery and tools to fishermen in the coming weeks. Titon Mitra, the UNDP Resident Representative for Burma, stressed that it is important to act urgently to ensure that food and drinking water are available before the onset of the monsoon season.

More ASEAN assistance to arrive this month

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) stated that its last delivery of humanitarian aid for Cyclone Mocha survivors is expected to arrive in Burma between June 16 and 27. The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) added that it will include water, sanitation products and non-food items. Its first aid delivery was made May 21 to June 2. The AHA Centre provided $1.64 million USD in humanitarian assistance to Sittwe, Rathedaung, Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun townships.

News by Region

BAGO—Resistance forces claimed to have killed 10 Burma Army troops in Kyaukkyi Township on June 6. Five houses and a bridge connecting Kyaukkyi and Nat Than Kwin towns were destroyed. The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and People’s Defense Force (PDF) raided police stations and military bases in Kyaukkyi.  “We retreated without being harmed,” said a PDF spokesperson. 

The KNU claims that cluster bombs were used in an airstrike on June 6

KAREN—The Karen National Union (KNU) states that a 12-year-old was killed and two others were injured by artillery in Kawkareik Township on June 7. Four homes and farms were destroyed by airstrikes on San Phala village on June 6. A KNU Brigade 6 spokesperson claimed that cluster bombs were used. Four people, including two children, were killed by artillery and airstrikes in Kyain Seikgyi Township on June 2. Many homes, religious buildings, and schools have been destroyed by artillery and airstrikes since the 2021 coup, the KNU spokesperson added. 

SHAN—Approximately 20 Burma Army troops have been killed or injured in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone, stated the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) on June 7. Fighting between the MNDAA and the Burma Army began on June 1. The MNDAA claims to have seized weapons.

SAGAING—At least 14 people, including children, were injured by an airstrike and artillery in Kalay Township on June 5, the 74 Media reported. “One person was initially in critical condition but is now stable after undergoing surgery. Another individual suffered serious injuries and had stitches,” said a PDF spokesperson. The airstrike damaged homes and a school. 

YANGON—Two women were killed at their home in Ya Khaing Yoe Gyi village of Htantabin Township on June 6. The two victims were the mother and sister of one of the men arrested for the murder of Li Li Naing Kyaw. “Three men entered the house and fired eight or nine gunshots. Later, police officers arrived,” said a source close to the victims’ family. The police detained two of the victims’ relatives at the home. Regime media reported on June 4 that two men were arrested for the murder of Li Li Naing Kyaw. The two women were killed following the announcement of Li Li Naing Kyaw’s death in hospital on June 6.

The regime plans to charge workshops and factories in Yangon between K400 to 500 ($0.19 to 0.24 USD) per unit for regular electricity access. “The negotiation process is still ongoing,” said a factory owner in Hlaing Tharyar Township. “Once the factories accept the plan, we can proceed with implementing it. However, we have not yet received a specific response from the factory owners,” said a source close to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Factories in industrial zones currently pay K125 to 180 ($0.06 to 0.09 USD) per unit for electricity and are only able to access electricity every four hours, forcing them to rely on generators. Since the 2021 military coup, Burma has suffered from regular blackouts, which has led to widespread criticism from citizens online.  

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