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Mr. Jean-Marc Brule, Green Lotus co-founder and Paris region member of Parliament.

The Mayor of Yangon U Hla Myint attended the “1st Green Construction Summit” in Yangon this week which looked at a whole range of construction options that are more “eco-friendly” compared with traditional, typically Western-style  building techniques.

Read more: ‘Green construction’ meet looks at viable eco-friendly housing

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Flood victims ride a bamboo raft over a flooded road to receive relief items from private donors in Thabaung township, Ayeyarwaddy delta, Myanmar, Aug. 29, 2015.

BANGKOK—This year's monsoon floods in Myanmar, the most severe in a decade, affected an estimated 1.6 million people and killed more than 100. Almost 400,000 hectares of farmland, largely rice paddies, along with fish ponds and farm animals, were lost.  A tropical cyclone followed the devastation wrought by monsoon storms, sweeping away homes, roads and bridges.

Read more: Myanmar Floods Spark Concerns about Deforestation

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Buffalo graze in parched paddy fields in Min Kin Kon village, in Mandalay’s Patheingyi township, on July 23. (Kyaw Ko Ko/The Myanmar Times)

U Tin Win’s summer paddy looked perfect. The sight of the serried arrays of green plants brought joy to his heart. But that evening, July 14, was the last time he felt so good. The next day, torrential rains came to his plantation in Kan Thit village, Kin-U township, Sagaing Region. They have barely stopped since.

Read more: Extreme weather: the new normal for Myanmar farmers

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