Death toll rises to 8, injured to 94 in Myanmar water festival explosions

22:14, April 15, 2010      

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A fire engine rushes to the site of explosions in Yangon April 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The death toll with three explosions in Myanmar's third day of water festival activities in Yangon on Thursday afternoon has risen to eight from six and the injured to 94 from 75, the state radio reported in a second breaking news at night.

Among the dead, five are male, while three are female, and among the injured, 64 are male, while 30 are female.

The three explosions took place at a water throwing pandal, named X-2-O, in Yangon's Kandawkyi lake park area at about 3 p.m. (local time), it said.

The injured were rushed to Yangon General Hospital for treatment, it added.

Hundreds of thousands of revelers were overjoyed when the blast went off.

Investigation is underway by the authorities to expose the bomb planter, the report said, alerting people to take caution in their water throwing activities that will end on Friday.

The authorities blamed "destructionists" for the responsibility of the incident, calling on people to cooperate in the exposure.

Myanmar's Thingyan water festival started from Tuesday (April 13) and is running for four days until Friday (April 16) and the new year will ushers in on Saturday (April 17), according to the traditional customs. But the public holidays have started from April 10 through to April 21, lasting a total of 12 days.

Source: Xinhua


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