Monday, October 25, 2010

Oil pipeline blast in Magway kills at least 13

Monday, 25 October 2010 21:50

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A leaking oil pipeline exploded yesterday killing at least 13 people in Magway Division, central Burma, according to villagers and wire reports.

Witnesses said the explosion had occurred as a large crowd of poor villagers gathered around the leak to collect oil at a site near Nyaunghla village in Pakokku District.

Local officials reached for contact said that at least 13 people had died in the explosion. Villagers however told Mizzima the real death toll was much higher.

Agence France-Presse, quoting an official who requested anonymity, reported that at least 100 people were injured in the blast.

Villagers also said the government-owned pipeline was in poor condition and was poorly maintained.

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