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32 killed, 190 injured during Thingyan water festival in Myanmar

Xinhua News:
April 20, 2013

YANGON, April 20 (Xinhua) — A total of 32 people were
killed and 190 others injured during the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar,
official media reported Saturday.

Myanmar New Year’s Thingyan water festivals were held
across the country from April 13 to 16, said the New Light of Myanmar.

There occurred 177 cases including murders, car
accidents, fights, pick pocket/theft, arson, and others.

This year’s festival saw less crimes compared with
previous years due to precautions from TV and newspapers and close supervision
by officials concerned, the report said, adding all nationalities throughout
the country celebrated the festival in accord with Myanmar’s traditions and
customs peacefully.

Among the country’s 12 festivals, the Thingyan water
festival is considered to be the grandest since it is deemed to bring peace and
prosperity to Myanmar people.