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Blocked streets in Yangon’s stay-at-home townships cause difficulty for road users

Sep 13. 2020
Maubin Street in Sangyaung Township seen blocked on September 10 (Photo-Shoon Le Win)
Maubin Street in Sangyaung Township seen blocked on September 10 (Photo-Shoon Le Win)
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By Eleven Media

Some streets are reportedly blocked in the 28 townships of Yangon Region which have been on the state-at-home list due to the high Covid-19 outbreak.

Some streets in Kyimyindine and Ahlon townships have been blocked banning the entry of people and cars from the outside of their areas, according to local authorities.

“Volunteers from the streets and our community are working together. We check so that those from outside cannot enter. We ask any stranger. We also take record of workers going to and from their offices,” said Maung Aye, administrator of Saw Yan Paing (North) Ward in Ahlon Township.

Moreover, the bridges connecting Kyimyindine and Ahlon have been blocked with the use of bamboo and benches.

Such blockades have caused difficult access for some people living in Ahlon Township.

“With these blockades, even man cannot enter so we living in the Ahlon side are troubled. There is a market in Kyimyindine across this small bridge. For workers, they have to take a long time to go to their bus stops,” said a resident of Ahlon Township adjacent to Kyimyindine.

Similarly, some streets in Sangyaung and South Oakkalapa townships have been blocked for fear of the outbreak.

The Ministry of Health and Sports announced the list of stay-at-home townships in Yangon Region on September 9.   

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