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Death toll of Myanmar western state's renewed riot rises to 84

(Xinhua)

11:07, October 29, 2012

Muslim children stay in the relief camp in Thae Chaung Village in Rakhine state, Myanmar, Oct. 28, 2012. (Xinhua/U Aung)

YANGON, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Death toll with week-long renewed riot in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has risen to 84 and the number of the injured also jumped to 129 as of Oct. 27 from Oct. 21, official media reported Monday.

During the fresh riot, 2,950 houses, 14 religious buildings and eight rice mills were burnt down in arson fire.

The riot, which initially spread from Minbya to as many as nine areas covering Mrauk U, Kyauk Phyu, Myaebon, Yathedaung, Kyauktaw, Pauktaw, Yanbye and Thandwe has left more than 20,000 people homeless, local sources said.

The official sources also revealed that legal actions have been taken against 1,058 persons involved in the communal violence from June 8 to Oct. 26 undermining the stability of the Rakhine state.

According to the report, the renewed riot has been put under control on Oct. 27 and the situation there is returning to normalcy, thanks to immediate measures taken by Myanmar police force, the military, state authorities, Buddhist monks and community elders.

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