A ceremony to commemorate Shan people’s New Year Day was held in the compound of Mwedaw monastery, Mongpan Township, Linkhay District, Shan State (South) yesterday afternoon. In this year, Shan New Year Day falls on 8 December, ushering in the Year 2113 in Shan calendar.

“Except Thandaunggyi which is a hilly region, six townships in Kayin State were inundated with floodwaters. 16 temporary rescue camps have been opened in Hpa.an since 22 July and many villages near the Thanlwin River were submerged by floodwaters. Kayin State suffered worst flooding in 40 years. On behalf of the local government, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the donors for their contributions to the flood victims,” said U Khun Myo Tint, Kayin State Minister for Pa-O Ethnic Affairs.