Red Cross: Death toll in Burma quake rises to 26

A portion of Yadanatheinga bridge, which was under construction, lays in the Irrawaddy River Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, after it collapsed following Sunday's magnitude-6.8 earthquake, in Shwebo, northwest of Mandalay, Burma. AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

YANGON, Burma The Red Cross says the death toll has risen to 26 from an earthquake that damaged homes and ancient Buddhist pagodas in northern Burma.

The Red Cross said in a statement Tuesday that another 231 people were hurt in Sunday's magnitude-6.8 quake in the underdeveloped mining region.

Burma has a poor official disaster response system and lost upward of 140,000 people to a devastating cyclone in 2008.

The Red Cross says it provided aid to some families and is still assessing needs but that no external assistance will likely be needed.

Burma's second-biggest city of Mandalay is the nearest population center to the quake but reported no casualties or major damage. It is 72 miles south of the epicenter near the town of Shwebo.

Buddhist monks looks at the compound of a monastery damaged by Sunday morning's magnitude-6.8 quake in Kyaukmyaung township, Shwebo, northwest of Mandalay, Burma, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.
AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

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