In northern Shan State, there is a lot of fighting, roads and bridges are broken, and Union Road is blocked by ethnic armed groups. According to locals living in northern Shan State, they are facing a shortage of basic food and fuel.
In northern Shan State, since October 27, the MNDAA group, TNLA group AA group and their allies BPLA; PDF (Mandalay) said Lauk Kai, including Chin Shwe Ho town in Lauk Kai District in Kokang Autonomous Region, Konlong Shinni Lashio The MNDAA also issued a ban on the Muse-Lashio Union Road and the Laukkai-Lashio Union Road, as a result of the simultaneous attack on Khok Khaing and Namkham, the battle with the Tatmadaw began, and large and small skirmishes took place in the North Shan region.
“We have experienced all ages, I tried to survive in the midst of various wars. “This is the first time in 50 years that we have experienced the high price of goods due to the hardships of war,” said Aw Nang Saw Mya, a 70-year-old resident of Muse.
Mandalay – Muse / Mandalay – Lok Kai connecting Union Road, Kyaukmei Township near Gongtong, near Nung Pitasa Road, digging pits for the road with a backhoe. No vehicles are allowed to travel on Lashio – Muse Union Road and Lashi – Laukkai Union Road, and the road from Sinni to Musegai Road and Laukkaigai Road has been dug up, making it impossible for any vehicles to travel. According to residents of North Shan, the prices of goods may soon increase due to the shortage of medicines and fuel.
“Passenger cars and trucks stopped and goods could not be transported. In Muse, during the North Shan battle in August 2019, there were more than 500,000 bags of rice in the rice warehouses here, so the price of rice did not rise much. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, there has not been much rice trading, so traders no longer keep rice in the museum. So there is no more rice in the garages. “With the current situation, it will last until the end of the month,” a rice entrepreneur from Muse told Eleven Media.
The fighting is happening. Taking advantage of the road closures and the suspension of goods trading, some food and goods traders in northern Shan State are increasing the prices.
Currently, a chicken in Muse City costs between 30,000 and 40,000 kyats, and Between 30,000 and 40,000 kyats per pound of pork, and One thousand eggs, Kyat 1,500 per batch of ready-to-eat noodles It is reported that the rates of 2800 kyat per pound of tomatoes are occurring respectively.
“As for our shop, we are selling what we have with a quota per person so that all the residents can eat. All the rice oil we have. I don’t sell just the price. If we run out of stock, we will have to close the shop,” said a rice trader.
The price of rice in Muse town is the same as before, and only some shops are selling the price, and the price of rice in Muse town is between 18,000 and 200,000 kyats. The price of one bag of Posandus Shwebo is between 145,000 and 155,000 Kyats. The price of one bag of Minister Eramin Share is between 156,000 and 175,000 Kyats. The price of six types of Shan rice is between Kyat 125,000 and Kyat 117,000.
“I had to pay 20,000 kyats to buy an egg, I had to pay 30,000 kyats for a chicken, and a bag of rice went up to 200,000 kyats,” said Ko Tun Pho from Muse.
In addition, the Muse Namkham Jin San Neng, Nam Taung, My Yu, Mong Ko, On the mong, on the pan, on the mong, other Pansai, 105 miles Hugging Khouk Khaing, Ta Moe Nying, Shinni, ear music Tasan, Holly, Cudgel, Nam Hu, In cities such as Chin Shwe Hao, Lo Kai, Ta Shwe Thang, and Nang Gung, it has become difficult for emergency patients to move to hospitals. It is reported that the distribution of basic food products in the region has stopped, and the prices of basic food and fuel are increasing.
“Now, I can’t buy eggs anymore. Rice is now 30 yuan (around 12,000 Myanmar kyats) per rice. “According to my relatives in the towns and villages along Lauk Kai Sinni Road, the prices of basic food items are rising,” said a Lauk Kai resident.
In addition, the distance between Sinni city and Khok Khaing is only 16 miles, but currently due to the fighting and the broken bridge, it is not easy to even get the rice from Sinh, said a Khok Khaing resident.