Construction is set to begin on Myanmar’s first training school for natural disaster management, a government official told a disaster training and capacity building workshop last week.

Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin said the school “can reduce the damage caused by disasters by [teaching] a curriculum of preventative measures”.

Read more: Disaster preparedness school to be ready in 2016


Farmers point to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the delta in May 2008, as the point at which their calendar went awry.

Since then, erratic weather patterns have made planting and harvesting rice perilous, especially for farmers who depend on rainfall. Too little early in the monsoon season – May to October – or too much at harvest time can destroy a crop.

Read more: Climate change driving farmers deeper into debt


Myanmar will have a roadmap to reduce forest degradation and emissions from deforestation by June, speakers said at a seminar on climate change and forest management in Yangon on Thursday.

A draft of the roadmap has already been completed, said Dr. Rosy Ne Win of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

Read more: Myanmar moving swiftly to implement Forest Management Plans


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