The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Myanmar rescuers struggle to reach quake victims


SINT KU, Myanmar (AFP) - Myanmar rescuers struggled on Monday to bring help to outlying villages hit by an earthquake that aid agencies say has killed at least 13 and caused a bridge and mine to collapse.

A series of powerful aftershocks rattled nerves after Sunday's 6.8-magnitude quake, which sent terrified people running from their homes in Myanmar's second biggest city of Mandalay and surrounding villages.

Authorities said they were providing help to victims, including those without shelter, after more than one hundred homes were damaged but communication problems made it difficult to assess the scale of damage and reach more remote areas.

Villagers in settlements north of Mandalay said on Monday that they had yet to see rescue teams following the quake, which left dozens injured and also damaged monasteries and public buildings.