Naypyidaw, As many as 85 villages were

flooded in Myanmar after a dam failed, unleashing waters that blocked

a major highway and forced more than 63,000 people from their

homes.

The disaster spotlights safety concerns about dams in

Southeast Asia after last month’s collapse of a hydroelectric dam in

neighboring Laos that displaced thousands of people and killed at

least 27.

Firefighters, troops and officials launched a desperate rescue

effort after the spillway of an irrigation dam burst at Swar creek in

central Myanmar, sending a torrent of water through villages and the

nearby towns of Swar and Yedashe.

By this morning, the water was receding, but two people

remained missing and were feared to have been washed away, Reuters

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency