Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Earthquake latest: 26 confirmed dead

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 18:18

The Red Cross in Burma has confirmed that at least 26 people are now known to have been killed in Sunday’s 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Burma. Twelve other are reported as missing and about 230 have been injured, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Red Cross said 251 houses were destroyed in Sunday's quake, which sent terrified people running from their homes in the country's second-biggest city of Mandalay and surrounding villages. The tremor also damaged 22 hospitals, 137 religious buildings, 48 government offices and four schools, the report said.

An AFP team in the town of Thabeikkyin reported significant damage in the area near the epicenter of the earthquake. Patients at the local hospital were being treated in tents outside amid fears buildings could be vulnerable to further tremors.

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