Sagaing seeks funds from Union Gov’t to resume excavation of WWII-era Japanese hospital

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Sagaing Region Chief Minister Dr. Myint Naing and officials inspect utensils unearthed at the site of WWII-era underground Japanese hospital.  Photo: Ko Min (Inn Daw)

The Sagaing Region Government is seeking technical and financial support to continue excavation work at the WWII-era underground hospital used by Japanese troops in Indaw, said the region’s Chief Minister, Dr. Myint Naing.
“Our budget is not enough to carry out the whole project. We will seek the Union Government’s advise on continuing the excavation,” said Dr. Myint Naing.
“We have excavated some sections of the hospital, but work on the remaining portions needs to be conducted systematically, so a request will be submitted to the government,” he said.
The hospital was discovered near Kyar Inn Village, Indaw Township, Sagaing Region, in November, following which local authorities and residents began excavation work. The Chief Minister inspected the site on 26 December. Work is currently suspended at the site due to lack of funds and technical problems.
As the underground hospital is very old, there are difficulties in excavating the building just as it was.
Initial excavations have unearthed utensils belonging to Japanese soldiers, swords, guns, helmets, bullets, and hospital equipment at the site.
Like the ruins of the hospital in Indaw, there is an airfield dating to the Japanese era in Katha.

—Ko Min (Indaw)

(Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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