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15 people drown during Myanmar temple festival

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15 people drown during Myanmar temple festival

At least 15 people have drowned after being swept away by a tidal wave at a temple festival in Myanmar, local media reported on Sunday. The incident took place on an island in the southeast of the country during the annual temple festival, Sputnik news agency reported.

The Mon State Temple is built on an island and can be reached on foot via a stone path covered in water at high tide, or by boat, according to the report.

According to the Eleven Media news portal, dozens of pilgrims crossing the island on foot attempted to board a nearby boat, causing it to collide with another boat, after which the two sank and people were swept away by a tidal wave.

In total, eight people were saved by the emergency services. They also lifted the bodies of 15 victims from the water. The local media report also said that several groups of pilgrims who arrived at the temple together reported some of their friends missing.

The army, police, firefighters, members of the Red Cross and local volunteers are engaged in the ongoing rescue operation in Mon state, press reported.

(With ANI inputs)

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