285 killed in Myanmar’s water festival

Myanmar festival

Yangon, April 18: During four-day Thingyan water festival in Myanmar total 285 people were killed and 1,073 others injured, according to media reports.

Among the deaths, 10 were in Nay Pyi Taw, 44 in Yangon, 36 in Mandalay, 26 in Sagaing region, 11 in Tanintharyi region, 37 in Bago region, 11 in Magway region, 20 in Mon state, 17 in Rakhine, 29 in Shan state and 28 in Ayeyawaddy region.

The traditional water festival lasted till Sunday.

Xinhua news agency reported more than 1,200 criminal cases which were related to murder, car accident, drug-use, theft, and group violence.

During last year’s water festival, a total of 272 people were killed and 1,086 were injured.

Wefornews Bureau

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