NLD women’s wing donates water in Pegu

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) –National League for Democracy women’s wing members are donating water to villagers in Pegu Division where wells and ponds have dried up because of drought and severely hot weather, group officials said.

More than 60 villages in Pegu Division are facing severe water shortages after record high temperatures across Burma have accelerated evaporation of ponds and reservoirs, according to earlier reports. Villagers in the townships of Pegu, Waw, Thanatpin, Kawa and Daik Oo, all in Pegu Division, are lacking drinking water and water for hygiene needs as small dams have lain dry since the end of April.

NLD women’s affairs chief Dr. May Win Myint, central committee member Aye Aye Mar and Pegu Division NLD women’s affairs chief Hla Hla Moe paid for 1,100  for 20-litre drinking-water bottles today in Thanatpin, party sources said.

“We started our drinking-water donation in Thanatpin today. Since there are high demands from donors and well-wishers like us, the drinking-water bottling plants cannot produce to meet our demand so we’ll only be able to receive our water bottles the day after tomorrow. We have already paid for them”, Dr. May Win Myint said.

The bottles would be distributed to villages in need in co-operation with Pegu and Thanatpin NLD Youth members, a source said.

The NLD announced on March 29 its decision against re-registering as a party to contest this year’s polls, declaring the 2008 Constitution drafted by the military regime and electoral laws promulgated in March unfair and undemocratic. On that day they decided to focus on social work across the country.   Continue reading “NLD women’s wing donates water in Pegu”

Election Commission delays KSPP approval

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Inordinate delay by the Burmese Election Commission (EC) to grant approval to the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) led by former Vice-Chairman of ‘Kachin Independence Organization’ (KIO), has considerably delayed organizational work .

“We are awaiting party registration from the Commission to start organizational work. We feel that there is deliberate delay in granting registration. Many  other parties have been approved,” KSPP Chairman Dr. Tu Ja said.

KSPP applied for registration to the Election Commission on April 5 but has not been approved though over 20 parties which applied later  have got theirs.

The Election Commission has not yet permitted the KSPP, Shan State (North) Progressive Party, United Democracy Party (Kachin State) and Ethnic Nationalities Development Party to float their parties.

The military regime announced that the EC had granted permission to 27 out of a total of 31 applicants till May 6.

EC Chairman Thein Soe invited KSPP’s four-member delegation led by Chairman Dr. Tu Ja and Secretary Tu Yaw to his office in Nay Pyi Taw on May 7 and told them to wait, KSPP Secretary Tu Yaw said.   Continue reading “Election Commission delays KSPP approval”

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ပလက္၀ ျမိဳ႕နယ္မွ အသက္ ၁၈ အရြယ္ ရခိုင္အမ်ိဳးသမီး တဦးကို စစ္ေတြျမိဳ႕နယ္ ပါဒလိပ္ ေက်းရြာ အေျခစုိက္ ခမရ ၂၃၂ မွ ဗိုလ္ တဦးက မုဒိမ္းက်င့္ခဲ့ေၾကာင့္ ဗမာျပည္ လႊတ္ေျမာက္ေရး ရိန္းဂ်ားအဖြဲ႕၏ သတင္း တပုဒ္အရ သိရသည္။

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Contaminated water supplies lead to deaths in Ye township

Widespread reliance upon unclean waters supplies during this year’s hot season has lead to the outbreak of a deadly diarrhea illness in several villages in Mon State’s Ye Township.

Residents of villages situated near Ye town, including Zeiphyu Taung village, Azin village, and Chaung Taung village have reportedly been suffering from cases of diarrhea since late April 2010. Several individuals have already died from the illness.

During protracted hot seasons, such as this year’s, public wells in Mon state villages often run dry, forcing residents to purchase water from providers outside their communities.

IMNA’s field reporter learned that local water supplies in Ye town and its neighboring villages gave out in April of this year. Unfortunately the water supplies available for purchase this year are contaminated, and diarrhea illness continues to spread.

A doctor from Ye town who works at the local hospital informed IMNA, “In Chang Taung village and Azin village, some villagers have died. 2 villagers from Choun Taung already died because they suffered from diarrhea, but in Ye town no one has died yet, but many people have arrived at the hospital”.

“In Ye town hospital, many people were suffering [from the illness], but I don’t know the number, because some victims just stayed at the hospital for a few days. When I was at the hospital, two of victims were the same as me [sick with the same diarrhea illness]. It was mostly happening to adults,” said a recently recovered Ye town man.

He also informed IMNA that the medical staff at Ye town hospital has been providing family members  of victims with preventative vaccinations to prevent the spread of the illness within households.

IMNA’s field reporter learned that all of the villages in the Ye town region contain Burmese government-run health departments; however, these health departments have yet to make any attempt to educate their communities about the recent diarrhea outbreak. Villagers reported that they have received no information about hygiene or living practices that might halt the spread of the illness, or how victims already suffering from infection should be cared for.

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Battalion launches missiles into Mudon Township village

A series of rocket-propelled-grenades (RPGs) launched into Hnee-padaw village in Mudon Township, Mon State, on May 7th incited widespread panic among villagers. According to witnesses, the missiles struck a private residence, and no injuries were sustained.

Artillery Battalion (AR) No. 318, based in Arbit village in Mon State’s southern Mudon Township, shot three RPGs into Hnee-padaw village, which is located roughly 1.5 miles from the battalion’s base, at 10 pm on Friday.  The battalion has been situated in Arbit village since the Burmese government reached a ceasefire agreement with the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in 1995.

An eye-witness to the explosions, who asked that his identity be concealed, told IMNA, “I saw it when it was shot.” He reported that the missiles struck the toilet room of a Hnee-padaw family’s home.

“The villagers were very scared and spread out to run out from the rocket. Some hid on the ground,” he explained.

Hnee-padaw community members informed IMNA that they have attributed the attack to  growing tensions between NMSP soldiers and the Burmese military. Villagers feel that the missiles were perhaps meant as a threat to NMSP supporters in the village.

A villager from Hnee-padaw explained, “We  ran away because we thought it was a battle between Mon and the Burmese soldiers”.

IMNA’s eye-witness to the blasts offered an alternate reason, indicating that the missiles could have been launched during a disagreement between AR No. 318 soldiers regarding to sentry duties around the area.

According to this source, AR No. 318 began patrolling the villages and motorways located in the area of Mudon Township under its jurisdiction in late April, after a string of bomb blasts across Burma and Mon State instigated a security crackdown in the region. Village headmen and local police forces in villages under the battalion’s control have reportedly been told to instigate strict security measures to prevent bombings in their villages, including monitoring the movement of visitors in their communities.

IMNA’s eye-witness to the attack indicated that the AR No. 318-controlled villages of Young Doung and Hnee-padaw are being particularly targeted for security crackdowns because the villages are believed by Burmese authorities to contain particularly large amounts of NMSP supporters and Mon political organizations.

A Hnee-padaw villager reported to IMNA that residents of the village have been told by their village headman that leaving their homes after 10 pm will make them subject to fines and accusations of foul play. He also explained that Mudon Township has been subject to particularly strict patrols since a bomb exploded in a Thanphyuzayart police station last week; reportedly, Mudon Township authorities fear that their region is next.