Myanmar communal riot: Death toll rises to 32
Posted on: 05:32 PM IST Mar 24, 2013
Yangon: The death toll in a communal riot in Meikthila in northern Myanmar has risen to 32, state-run media reported. According to Xinhua, the state radio and TV said in a broadcast that many bodies were found while clearing the debris.
The riot left over 9,600 people homeless out of a populations of 500,000 in Meikhtila. However, the situation was calm after security was tightened since Friday.
Relief and rehabilitation work are underway in riot-hit areas and the victims have been accommodated at six relief camps.
The riot was sparked by a brawl between buyers and sellers over a bit of gold clip at a gold shop on Wednesday.
According to official sources, 152 houses, one education office and 13 religious buildings were burnt while two motor vehicles and three motorcycles were destroyed.
On Friday, President U Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four townships - Meikhtila, Wandwin, Mahlaing and Thazi.