CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Myanmar state media report violent warehouse blast in Yangon

12-29-2011 18:09 BJT

YANGON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's state radio and television-4 reported Thursday afternoon the before-dawn violent warehouse blast caused by fire in Yangon which killed 17 people including five women and five firefighters.

People gather around a warehouse where an explosion happened in Yangon environs Mingalartaungnyung township, Myanmar, on Dec. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Jin Fei)

In the deadly incident, 123 people including 89 local residents and 46 firefighters were also injured.

The loud and earthshaking explosion in the privatized Myitarmon warehouse in Katoeseik ward in Mingalataungnyunt township totally destroyed 90 houses and 10 warehouses.

A total of 1,000 people from 150 households were left homeless and were temporarily accommodated in relief camps set up in schools and monasteries, according to the authorities.

The explosion scene lies 5 kilometers east of downtown Yangon and the blast was heard 10 kilometers away from the scene, shaking the whole city.

The explosion took place at around 2:00 a.m. local time shortly after a fire occurred in a warehouse stored with electrical goods. Another nearby warehouse storing medicines caught fire soon after. The explosion was caused by still other warehouses storing chemicals, according to initial assessments.

However, the exact cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The Voice Weekly quoted firefighters as saying in its website that some people died with heads blown off by the blast.

The police authorities determined that it was not an ordinary fire or explosion case and vowed to conduct a thorough investigation.

Related stories

 


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program