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Sunk vessel in World War II salvaged in Myanmar western Rakhine state

07-19-2010 08:48 BJT

YANGON, July 18 (Xinhua) -- A vessel, believed to have sunk in World War II, was found and salvaged by Myanmar divers in the western Rakhine state of the country recently, the local Weekly Flower News reported Sunday.

Covered with thick mud, the 28.5-meter-long iron vessel, abandoned by the British forces when retreating to India, was salvaged with its original face without damage from a depth of 4.5 meters in a stream in Buthidaung.

The vessel, named Natt, salvaged at the cost of nearly 15 million kyats (about 15,300 U.S. dollars), will be auctioned, it disclosed.

The report said there are seven more similar vessels sunk in the upper and lower parts of the stream, adding that the salvage work will continue for them.

Meanwhile, a thickly-rusted hand grenade, which is also suspected to be left during World War II, was discovered in a construction site in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon.

The grenade was unearthed in June last year by workers when they were digging deep below in the city's Bahan township to start construction of a new building, an earlier report said.

Moreover, a live bomb was also found in the reconstruction site of a burned-down supermarket, Yadanabon, in the second largest city of Mandalay in January 2009.

The digger missed the trigger when the bomb was pushed, doubting that if the bomb was left by the Japanese or the Allied Forces.

The 1,300-pound air-dropped bomb was assumed to be left by the Japanese or the Allied Forces during World War II, according to military experts.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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