21 Oct '11, 5am

Flash flood in Myanmar leaves dozens missing - AFP

YANGON: A flash flood in central Myanmar on Friday left dozens of people missing as homes along a river bank were swept away, government officials in the military-dominated country said. "About 60 people are missing so far because of the flood" in Pakokku township, an official who did not want to be named told AFP. "Some houses and a monastery along the river bank were swept away and a bridge was destroyed as the water rose up," he said. There were no confirmed reports of deaths, a second official said. A monk in Pakokku said the water was believed to have risen to about three metres (10 feet) high. "Some people, animals, houses and a monastery were swept away when the water rose up. The water level is back to normal now," he said. "We had torrential rain in previous days." State media reported roads, bridges and buildings were damaged because of strong winds and heavy rai...

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