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Kanbalu (also spelt Kantbalu[1]) is a town in Shwebo District, Sagaing Division, in Myanmar. It is the administrative seat for Kanbalu Township. Kanbalu is on the main Burmese north-south railroad between Sagaing and Myitkyina.[1]


Its railyards were bombed by the Allies during World War II.[2]


The military-run Myanmar Economic Corporation operates two factories, manufacturing sugar and menthol, in Kantbalu.[3] The sugar factory is a joint venture with Thai-owned Sutech Engineering.[4] Kanbalu is also home to the 30 megawatts (40,000 hp) Thaphanseik hydropower plant on the Mu River, a $20-million project financed by the China Import and Export Bank.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Sagaing Division" Archived 2010-03-28 at the Wayback Machine Myanmar's NET
  2. ^ Carter, Kit C. and Mueller, Robert (1980) The Army Air Forces in World War II: combat chronology, 1941-1945 Arno Press, New York, pages 489, 493, ISBN 0-405-12151-2
  3. ^ Maung Aung Myoe (2009). Building the Tatmadaw: Myanmar Armed Forces Since 1948. Institute of south-east Asian Studies. p. 183. ISBN 9789812308481.
  4. ^ "Thai Company Building Mill". The Irrawaddy. July 2001. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Hydropower Plant Put Into Service". The Irrawaddy. June 2002. Retrieved 2 November 2012.

External links

  • "Kanbalu, Burma"
  • "Kanbalu Map — Satellite Images of Kanbalu" Maplandia.com

Coordinates: 23°12′14″N 95°30′55″E / 23.20389°N 95.51528°E / 23.20389; 95.51528

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