The Southeast Asian bloc is considering stronger measures against the Myanmar military but a range of factors may preserve the unproductive status quo.
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Rakhine villagers trapped by a Myanmar army lockdown said they are fast running out of water as an operation against suspected rebels entered a third week.
Widespread blackouts have returned to Yangon for the first time in several years. In recent weeks, many township-level electricity distribution offices have been forced to introduce scheduled outages to cope, with supply falling far below demand.