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Published on Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:36
People in Myitkyina, the capital city of northern Myanmar’s Kachin State, have no electricity since December 24 due to air strike by the government, locals said.
Malika hydropower, the plant that has been generating electricity for Myitkyina, is controlled by Kachin Independence Army (KIA), but one of its cable towers was hit and damaged by the air strike launched by the Government’s Air Force last week, said Member of Parliament Dwe Bu.
The KIA and the government troops are locked in battle that started on December 22 near the hydropower plant.
Authorities have not confirmed yet when to resupply the electricity in Myitkyina.
The government army informed KIA on December 23 to withdraw their troops from Myitkyina-Banmaw way by December 25, according to Peace-talk Creation Group (Kachin).
The ongoing armed conflict between the army and KIA started in June last year, when fighting broke out after a 17-year ceasefire agreement fell apart.