Central Myanmar was struck by substantial earthquakes early on Sunday. A quake of 6.9 magnitude was followed over the next few hours by other temblors or aftershocks, all measuring above 5.5.
The typical Myanmar government censorship kicked in, but it appears that 13 people or more were killed and there was substantial damage in Mandalay and surrounding towns and villages.
The quake is yet another wake-up call to Thailand to shape up and sharpen disaster response programmes, which still range from ill-prepared to barely functioning.
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