WORLD Myanmar seizes over 326 tons of illegal timbers in NW region

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Myanmar seizes over 326 tons of illegal timbers in NW region

Xinhua

10:12, June 02, 2019

YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar authorities seized a total of 326.8 tons of illegally harvested timbers in Sagaing region during the month of May, police said Sunday.

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A woman walks with children near logs at a timber yard in Yangon January 31, 2014. Picture taken January 31, 2014. (File Photo: VCG)

The illegal timbers were confiscated in Tamu, a border town in the region with India, during search operations across the area by a combined team of Myanmar police force, forest department and township administration to expose illegal logging and trading.

The wide variety of hardwood and teak were seized in Tamu's Mawlu and Ahlaw forest reserves as well as in some wards and villages.

Along with the seizure were also nine motorbikes, five bullock carts, 10 cattle, a logging engine and other equipment.

The authorities are continuing to crack down on illegal logging, smuggling, transporting and trading in the region.

Meanwhile, in January, Myanmar authorities also seized 63 tons of illegally harvested timbers from Phyukon forest reserve in southern Bago region.

Moreover, in last December, illegal teak logs laden by 16 boats were seized by local authorities in Singu township, Mandalay region when a regular search operation was conducted along the Ayeyawaddy River.

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