Some years back I posted brief reflections on the sporadic “rat plagues” that have devastating implications for people in northern Burma, particularly in areas near the Indian border. Parts of the Chin and Kachin States, and Sagaing Division, and perhaps other places too, are the hotspots for these rodent rampages. Adjacent areas of northeast India are also subject to the same cycle of bamboo – flowering- rats – devastation.

Long-time New Mandala contributor, Aiontay, has informed me about a recent report of rats causing chaos in Burma’s Chin State.

If any readers know more about this, or about similar instances in this part of the world, it would be great to hear from you.