On 3 May, a unit of Burma Army while searching for their men inside the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) base, torched it to ashes next day, resulting in anger by Shan troops under the command of Task Force 701 based in the Nam Mao (Shweli) valley region, according to local news sources.
Two young men travelling on a motorbike were stopped by national counterterrorism police in a busy residential area of Jakarta on Thursday, May 2. A search revealed they were carrying five assembled pipe bombs, and an interrogation led police to a rented house in the city where more explosive material was found.
While the Myanmar army has continued fierce military offensives in Shan State, its troops have been guilty of rape and conscripting women as porters at gunpoint, according to a report released by the Palaung Women's Organization (PWO) on May 6.
A storm caused serious damage to buildings in 4 internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Mai Ja Yang, the second largest city controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Kachin state, Burma. Shelters, latrines, meeting halls, and one church and a school were affected by the heavy winds that came in the afternoon and lasted about 30 minutes on last Friday.
Rohingya farmers are suffering from water shortages for their summer paddy cultivation, said local elder who spoke with Kaladanpress on condition of anonymity. The farmers are dependent on growing rice in the summer to survive the proceeding rainy season.
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