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27 Nov 2019 | 10:53 PM UTC

Myanmar: Tourist killed by landmine in Shan state November 26

Foreign tourist dies in a suspected landmine explosion while hiking in Shan state on November 26; take necessary precautions

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Event

A foreign tourist was killed and another one was wounded by a landmine in Shan state on Tuesday, November 26. According to a local volunteer rescue group, the two were hiking near the town of Hsipaw when they hit the mine. The area is a popular tourist scenic route for people traveling from Mandalay to the mountains. After the incident, police officials reiterated warnings that tourists are not allowed to hike around Hsipaw due to the risk of conflict and landmines.

Context

In 2016, a landmine wounded two foreign travelers and their guide near Hsipaw. According to the 2019 Landmine Monitor Report, Myanmar has one of the highest casualty rates from landmines and is the only country with confirmed use of new antipersonnel mines.

Advice

Individuals in Shan state, and Myanmar more generally, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.