Quake death toll mounts to 26

Published: Wednesday | November 14, 2012 Comments 0
Volunteers clear debris after a pagoda was damaged by Sunday's earthquake, in Thabeikkyin township in Mandalay, Myanmar, Tuesday. The strong 6.8-magnitude quake collapsed a bridge and damaged ancient Buddhist pagodas in northern Myanmar, and piecemeal reports from the underdeveloped mining region said mines collapsed and as many as 12 people were feared dead. - AP
Volunteers clear debris after a pagoda was damaged by Sunday's earthquake, in Thabeikkyin township in Mandalay, Myanmar, Tuesday. The strong 6.8-magnitude quake collapsed a bridge and damaged ancient Buddhist pagodas in northern Myanmar, and piecemeal reports from the underdeveloped mining region said mines collapsed and as many as 12 people were feared dead. - AP

YANGON (AP):

The Red Cross says the death toll has risen to 26 from an earthquake that damaged homes and ancient Buddhist pagodas in northern Myanmar.

The Red Cross said in a statement yesterday that another 231 people were hurt in Sunday's magnitude-6.8 quake in the underdeveloped mining region. Myanmar has a poor official disaster response system and lost upward of 140,000 people to a devastating cyclone in 2008.

The Red Cross says it provided aid to some families and is still assessing needs but that no external assistance will likely be needed.

Myanmar's second-biggest city of Mandalay is the nearest population centre to the quake but reported no casualties or major damage. It is 117 kilometres (72 miles) south of the epicentre near the town of Shwebo.

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