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Thursday 30 December 2004

90 people killed in Burma (Myanmar) by quake and Tsunami

International rescuers on 28 December said around 90 people so far are known to have been killed in Burma by the earthquake and subsequent tidal waves which occurred on 26 December. The majority of the victims are said to be villagers living along the costal regions of Tenesserim and Irrawaddy Divisions, according to AP news agency.

But the “New Light of Myanmar”, the mouthpiece of the country’s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), claimed that only 43 people were killed and 25 people missing. The newspaper added 17 villages were destroyed and more than 200 people are left homeless by the tidal waves. At Sittwe (Akyab), the capital of Arakan State in western Burma, at least 10 people were killed and two fishing boats are missing.

DVB also received reports of deaths and missing people at Kalaryaung Village, Taunggup Township. A local resident told DVB that seven people are presumed dead as only their clothing were found. He added that there have been reports of deaths and missing people on Magye Island in the Gulf of Bengal. There are also reports of new islets springing up from the sea.

In Irrawaddy Division, one person was killed in Bogalay and around 30 fishermen are still missing at Laputta and seven corpses were found. There have also been reports of deaths and damages at Maw-Tin-Soun area near Bassein (Pathein). The crowing umbrella of the famous Maw-Tin-Soun Pagoda was also knocked down by the violent tsunami. Moreover, Ma-U Bin University building was torn apart by the quake. According to unconfirmed reports, Coco Island, , 270 miles southwest of Rangoon and located in the India Ocean was submerged under the rising sea level and the authorities came to ask for help from Rangoon University Geography and Geology Department. Further south in Tenesserim Division, Plotoketone Village near Kawthaung bore the brunt of the quake and around 20 people were killed and some people are still missing. According to unconfirmed reports, more than 100 people were killed and 40 homes destroyed at nearby Aungba Village.

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma
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