More than 300 locals fled their villages and took refuge in a monastery near Namtu town when armed clashes broke out on Saturday between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
The 324 villagers are now being sheltered at a Buddhist monastery in Man San village near Namtu town.
The AP-4 license includes 649 square kilometres northwest of the town of Namtu
, Shan State, itself situated around 40 kilometres northwest of the major regional centre and airport at the city of Lashio.
Over the past the few months, heavy fighting took place often all along KIO-controlled territory between Namtu and Mandong townships where the massive Shwe gas-pipeline project is going onward.
This includes Namtu, Mandong, Nam Kham and KIA positions near Muse close to the Chinese border.
125) The first hydropower turbine is schedule to produce electricity by the end of 2008, and the electricity is intended not for the local people but for three local large-scale mines--namely the Namtu
Copper mine, the Monywa Copper Project (126) and the Thabeik Kyinn mine--each of which produce a considerable amount of revenue for the junta.