March 25, 2011 / 4:55 AM / 9 years ago

At least 50 dead in Myanmar after quake: official

YANGON (Reuters) - The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Myanmar on Thursday has killed 50 people and injured 40, with the death toll expected to rise slightly, a local administration official said on Friday.

“Total death toll has now reached nearly 50 and the number of the injured is about 40 while over 100 buildings were destroyed,” a Civil Administration official based the Myanmar town of Tachilek, close to the epicenter of the quake, told Reuters by telephone.

The quake was centered 111 km (69 miles) north of the Thai town of Chiang Rai. One person was confirmed dead in Thailand.

Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Miral Fahmy

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