More Than 70 Dead in Myanmar Quake
ALINYUANG, MYANMAR - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake toppled homes Friday in northeastern Myanmar. More than 70 people were killed and the death toll could continue to rise as the condition in remote areas becomes known.
The earthquake was centered in the mountains along Myanmar's border with Thailand and was felt hundreds of miles away in the capitals of Thailand and Vietnam.
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, and most of rural Myanmar is underdeveloped and has poor communications and infrastructure. A UN official said medicine and an assessment team would be sent to the affected areas as soon as possible in cooperation with the Myanmar Red Cross Society.