12 feared dead in Burma earthquake

As many as 12 people are feared dead after a strong earthquake struck northern Burma today, causing a bridge and a goldmine to collapse, and damaging several ancient Buddhist pagodas.

The biggest single death toll was reported by a local administrative officer in Sintku township - on the Irrawaddy River near the quake's epicentre -who said six people had died there and another 11 were injured.

He said some of the dead were miners who were killed when a gold mine collapsed.

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Burma quake death toll rises

A major earthquake in central Burma on Sunday near Mandalay has killed as many as 12 people, Reuters reports. Several construction workers have also been reported missing following the 6.6 magnitude quake.