2,300-year-old pagoda collapses in Myanmar

Published on May 31st, 2009 | by Admin

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An ancient Burmese temple has collapsed in Myanmar during restoration efforts, killing at least two people.

The tall, bell-shaped structure, called a stupa, collapsed because of age and deterioration, said a temple official, Tin Tin Win. Damage to the Danok temple was detected in 2006.

Tin Shwe said most of the victims were navy personnel doing reconstruction work on the temple, located in the southern part of Yangon. Military personnel often work on public projects in Burma.

Villagers from nearby communities were also assisting in the effort.

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