26 Mar '11, 5am

Rescuers struggle to reach Myanmar quake areas

Rescuers struggle to reach Myanmar quake areas

YANGON: Rescuers Saturday struggled to reach remote Myanmar towns hit by a powerful earthquake which killed 75 as rare images from the area showed roads torn apart and wooden homes reduced to piles of timber. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the east of the country near the borders with Thailand and Laos and was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. The towns of Tarlay, Tachileik and nearby villages in Myanmar's Shan state appear to have been most severely affected by the quake, which flattened hundreds of houses and toppled monasteries and government buildings. A few images from the area on Thai television and exiled media show roads torn apart by huge cracks, bridges destroyed and wooden homes reduced to piles of timber. One resident, posting anonymously on an Internet forum, described Tachileik town as "ruined". "People here are still afraid... Many pe...

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