Myanmar quake death toll rises to 65

Friday, March 25, 2011

Myanmar - The death toll of Myanmar's earthquake on Thursday has risen to 65, with 111 injured so far, official sources said on Friday.

There were 29 victims from Monglin, 22 from Kyatkuni, 11 from Tarlay and three from Tachileik.

A total of 390 residential houses, 14 monasteries and nine government department buildings were destroyed in the mainly affected areas of Tarlay, Naryaung and Monglin. The most damage to houses happened in Monglin, with 128 homes destroyed.

The authorities did not mention the casualties and damages in Kengtung which was least affected.

Relief measures are being taken by the state and local authorities with rescue teams rushing to the scene, the report added.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted Loimwe, 56km southeast of Kengtung in northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night at 8:29 pm local time.

The quake's epicenter was about 10km underground and in the hills of Myanmar bordering Thailand and Laos.

The quake was followed by six after-shocks until Friday morning.