The country’s main highway and 100 villages have been inundated by flood water

At least one person is missing and nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated after the sluice gates of a dam in central Myanmar burst, flooding around 100 villages on Wednesday morning.

State media reported that the Swar Chaung dam in Yedashe township, Bago region, began to overflow on Monday but told residents there was no cause for concern. At around 5:30am on Wednesday, however, a deluge of water burst out of the dam, inundating acres of rice fields and causing a bridge on a highway connecting Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar’s biggest cities, to buckle.

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