Myanmar new vice president tours quake-hit areas

13:27, April 04, 2011      

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Myanmar newly-elected vice president Dr. Sai Mauk Kham Sunday toured Tarlay and Tachileik, northeast Myanmar's Shan state hit by major an earthquake late last month, the state radio and television reported.

Sai Mauk Kham is the first new government leader to have looked into the disaster-hit areas in the aftermath of the deadly quake.

Sai Mauk Kham attended some donation ceremonies in the two areas, personally handing over cash and kind to the quake survivors.

The vice president stressed the need for local authorities and private companies to cooperate and further their relief efforts.

He also visited Kengtung on Sunday for the purpose.

According to the officially released death toll, 73 people were killed and 125 others injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which jolted Loimwe, 56 kilometers southeast of Kengtung in northeastern Myanmar on March 24 night.

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

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

Source: Xinhua

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