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Thousands displaced in Myanmar dam rupture aftermath

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Flooding from a ruptured dam in Myanmar has forced the relocation of more than 63,000 people and disrupted traffic on a major road that connects the country’s three biggest cities, officials said Thursday.

The Information Ministry said the water that rushed from the Swar Chaung Dam in Bago Region beginning Wednesday caused flooding in 85 villages, affecting 63,421 people.

Makeshift repairs began Thursday on a damaged bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway whose supports appeared to be intact but whose spans had buckled.

The bridge over the Swar River, south of the capital, Naypyidaw, consists of two separate structures to accommodate traffic in each direction. All traffic was being routed onto the undamaged structure.

Some sections of the highway were under water.

Rainy season downpours that began in June have wreaked havoc in much of mainland Southeast Asia, filling dams to their limits and beyond, and flooding many areas. A breach in a dam in southern Laos in July caused a flash flood that took at least three dozen lives. (AP)

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Residents make their way through a flooded road in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung THU/AFP/Getty Images)


Flood victims take shelter at a temple compound in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


A woman steers a bamboo-raft along a flooded road in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Residents make their way through a flooded road in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Flood victims receive relief goods at a temple compound in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Residents make their way through a flooded road in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


A man wades through a flooded road in Taungnu township of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Laborers work to restore a flood-damaged bridge on the outskirts of capital Naypyidaw in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Volunteers distribute foods to flood victims in Swar town of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


A flood victim stands in front of a house damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung Dam in Swar township in Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Rescuers carry an elderly flood victim to safety in Swar township of the Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Myanmar soldiers walk past a flood-damaged road in Swar town of Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Residents walk on road submerged by flood waters from Swar Chaung Dam in Swar township in Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


Flood victims check a house submerged by flood waters from Swar Chaung Dam in Swar township, Bago region in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)


People are evacuated by Myanmar soldiers after flooding in Swar township, Myanmar, Aug. 29, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)


Railways are seen under water after the spillway of an irrigation dam burst at Swar creek in Swar township, Myanmar, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ko Lwin/Reuters)


Evacuees stay in a temple after a dam breach near Swar township in Myanmar, Aug. 29, 2018. (Photo: Antoni Slodkowski/Reuters)


Damaged walls are seen after the spillway of an irrigation dam burst at Swar creek in Swar township, Myanmar, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Antoni Slodkowski/Reuters)


A bridge is seen after a dam breach flooded the area in Swar township, Myanmar, Aug. 29, 2018, in this still image from video obtained from social media. (Photo: ASHIN KAW WIDA/via Rreuters)


This photo taken on Aug. 29, 2018 shows a flood-damaged bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway following floodings from Swar Chaung dam. in Myanmar on Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)