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Friday, March 25, 2011

At least 50 dead in Myanmar after quake - official


YANGON (Reuters) - The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Myanmar on Thursday has killed 50 people and injured 40, with the death toll expected to rise slightly, a local administration official said on Friday.
"Total death toll has now reached nearly 50 and the number of the injured is about 40 while over 100 buildings were destroyed," a Civil Administration official based the Myanmar town of Tachilek, close to the epicentre of the quake, told Reuters by telephone.
Residents stand outside a building after an earthquake, in Hanoi March 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Kham)
The quake was centred 111 km (69 miles) north of the Thai town of Chiang Rai. One person was confirmed dead in Thailand.
(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
Copyright © 2011 Reuters

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