Traffic resumes with quake-affected highway in Myanmar northeastern part

13:49, March 28, 2011      

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Traffic with a major highway, which was interrupted for three days by last Thursday's 7. 0-magnitude earthquake in northeastern Myanmar's Shan state, has totally resumed.

Urgently repaired by the State Public Works and local authorities with the use of heavy machines, the Kengtung-Tachileik union highway and the damaged Tarlay Bridge were reopen to traffic since late Sunday with large and small vehicles and buses driving on through the road as normal.

A government delegation, led by Major-General Aung Than Htut of Ministry of Defense, toured Tachileik Sunday and supervised water purification measures, while Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Maung Maung Swe, who is also secretary of the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee, comforted hospitalized injured survivors at Tachileik People's Hospital, official media said on Monday.

Health care was being provided to quake survivors in Tachleik.

In Monglin, cash assistance, foodstuff, clothes, medicines and relief aid were also given to people from 10 villages in the area by the authorities.

Myanmar said in a latest official release as of last Friday night that 73 people were killed and 125 others injured in Thursday's quake.

A total of 225 residential houses, 11 monasteries and 9 government department buildings were destroyed in the mainly affected areas of Tachileik, Tarlay, Naryaung, Kyatkuni and Monglin.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted Loimwe, 56 kilometers southeast of Kengtung in northeastern Myanmar, on Thursday night.

The quake's epicenter, at 10 kilometers deep, struck in the hills of Myanmar bordering Thailand and Laos, the Golden Triangle.

Source: Xinhua
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