Tatmadaw reopens Myitkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road

Construction workers repairing roads and bridges on the Myintkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road, Kahin State. Photo: MNA
Construction workers repairing roads and bridges on the Myintkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road, Kahin State. Photo: MNA

Tatmadaw columns were seen clearing Kachin State, Tanai region, Kaungyapa area, since 15 November 2017, as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) armed groups were conducting illegal gold and amber mining operations, destroying the natural surroundings and the ecosystem.
On 28 January, KIA countered this by blocking the Myitkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road by forcing workers to dig ditches on the road, destroy the bridges and road repairing and maintenance machineries, attack the Tatmadaw convoys conducting routine administrative works, disrupt the flow of regional commodities, triggering a rise in prices and food shortage, thus affecting the local people and public servants in Putao District.
The Tatmadaw columns started clearing the area along the road from 16 February and had eight engagements. The Tatmadaw Air Force transport planes also airlifted food and supplies to the local people and public servants in Putao District on 28 February, 1 and 7 March. The Ministry of Construction’s public work groups also repaired the roads and bridges on the Myitkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road on 5 March. As the security situation improved, the flow of commodities returned to normalcy, reducing prices, according to news received from the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief’s office. —Myanmar News Agencybackhole fire 28 1 2018 Zanan MYAN 72

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