Floodwaters swallow Myanmar pagoda

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YANGON: Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead. Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside pagoda sinking into the flood waters in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves. Monk Pyinnya Linkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday last week. “This pagoda was built in 2009, when it was far away from the river,” he said. “Year by year, the river has eroded the land and now the pagoda has fallen into the river.”

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