28 Mar '11, 4am

Myanmar quake: Death toll 'over 150', supplies low.

BANGKOK - The death toll from the earthquake in Myanmar is much greater than feared with more than 150 people killed in the disaster, eyewitness reports suggested. Mr Puenkham Payakwong, a Tachilek native who works as a reporter for the Shan Herald News Agency, told the Bangkok Post that more than 150 people were killed, double the official toll of 75. He also described a chaotic scene where relief efforts were failing to reach people, some of whom were running short of rice and water. "Many people are still missing and their relatives have been trying in vain to search for their loved ones," he said in a phone interview from Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district. "Many houses have been destroyed and villagers have to stay at monasteries or on roads," said the Shan reporter. He said drinking water and rice were needed the most. Foreign aid agencies had set up their units far away ...

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