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Myanmar struggles to reach quake victims


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Sint Ku: Myanmar rescuers struggled on Monday to bring help to outlying villages hit by an earthquake that aid agencies say has killed at least 13 and caused a bridge and mine to collapse.

A series of powerful aftershocks rattled nerves after Sunday’s 6.8-magnitude quake, which sent terrified people running from their homes in Myanmar’s second-biggest city of Mandalay and surrounding villages.

Authorities said they were providing help to victims including those without shelter after more than one hundred homes were damaged but that communication problems made it difficult to assess the scale of damage and reach more remote areas.

Villagers in settlements north of Mandalay told AFP on Monday they had yet to see rescue teams following the quake, which left dozens injured and also damaged monasteries and public buildings.

Some 40 buildings in the village were damaged in the quake and while there had been no serious injuries in the village, residents had been forced into temporary shelters set up in the fields.

Following the initial jolt, which was felt as far away as the Thai capital Bangkok, the US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded two further strong quakes of 5.8 and 5.6-magnitude. (AFP)


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