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Tsunami Sweeps Away Burmese Fishing Village


Reports out of Burma say last week's tsunami swept a seasonal fishing village of about 600 people out to sea, leaving 17 dead and scores of families destitute.

The French news agency, AFP, says most of the casualties were children playing on the beach when a three-meter wave crashed down on them and crushed village huts.

The village, 352 kilometers southwest of the capital of Rangoon, was built about a month ago for the post-monsoon fishing season.

The agency said 14 children and three women were killed when waves swept through the village.

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper has raised Burma's death toll to 59 after the bodies of three more victims were found.

The paper says three people are still missing.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.