Yangon, Myanmar (CNN) — At least 20 people died and more than 70
others were injured when three blasts ripped through Yangon, Myanmar’s
largest city, a staff member at Yangon Hospital told CNN.

The explosions occurred during a water festival, part of the New Year
celebration taking place in Myanmar and other southeastern Asian
countries. People toss water on each other as part of a cleansing
ritual during the celebration.

The government has issued a lower death toll, saying the number of
dead stands at six. It said 70 people were injured in the incident,
which occurred at 3 p.m. local time.

Myanmar, formerly called Burma, is under military rule and such blasts
are rare. Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital and the country’s
commercial hub, is generally a crime-free and calm city.

Source : http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/04/15/myanmar.blast/

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