Floodwaters swallow pagoda, displace 100,000 people in Myanmar

YANGON (AFP, REUTERS) – 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, gold-leaf-covered Thiri Yadana Pyilone Chantha Pagoda sinking into the raging waters of the Ayeyarwady river in Magway region, with shocked bystanders looking on as its golden spire collapsed beneath the waves.

Abbott U Pyinnya Linkkara, who filmed the footage, said the pagoda was destroyed on Thursday (July 20) last week.

Source: Floodwaters swallow pagoda, displace 100,000 people in Myanmar

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