Thousands displaced as a dam in Myanmar collapses | GBRI

The damaged Swar Creek bridge

The Swar Chaung dam in Myanmar’s central Bago region overflowed after torrential monsoon rains, causing thousands of people to flee their homes and killing at least four people, the officials reported on Friday.

The incident comes little over a month after a dam collapse in Laos killed more than 20 and raises further concerns about the safety of dams in Southeast Asia. The Myanmar dam collapse affected at least 85 villages and displaced more than 63,000 people.

The breach also damaged a bridge on the highway linking the major cities of Yangon and Mandalay and the capital, Naypyitaw, disrupting traffic.

Residents had expressed concerns about the level of water in the dam’s reservoir, but officials assured them it was safe just days before the collapse.

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