In Burma, six people have died and 71 others injured during the country's annual New Year's water festival.

Local media say among the fatalities, three victims drowned, one died in a road accident and two others died during a fight among revelers.

Kyodo news agency says hundreds of thousands of people participated in the annual Buddhist New Year festival known as Thingyan.

Burma's military government warned party-goers to not wear provocative clothing and to not say anything that could damage national unity.

More than 300 persons died during a similar water festival in neighboring Thailand.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.