Poisoned Waters (Inle Lake, Shan State)

The Irrawaddy
(print cover story)
By Kyi Wai/Inle Lake, Shan State
September 1, 2007

Chemical pollution and silt are killing Burma’s beautiful Inle Lake

Lay Phoo heads for home at the end of a long day’s fishing in the murky waters of Burma’s Inle Lake, with less than two kilograms of fish in the bottom of his boat. It’s a meager catch, yet Lay Phoo is satisfied—the day before, he caught nothing at all.