100-foot wide tornado in Rangoon

July 20, 2009 (DVB), A large tornado has swept through Burma's former capital Rangoon today, damaging a number of buildings, including some belonging to the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise.

Authorities and a regional military commander are said to be investigating the incident, which occurred this afternoon in Tharkayta township in east Rangoon.

"We are still calculating the damage caused [by the twister]," said an officer at Tharkayta police station.

"Roofs from about five different buildings were also pulled off by the wind, as well as those at the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise."

Tharkayta township has a large industrial park and is at the confluence of three large rivers.

"It was about 100 feet wide – it's the kind of twister you see in Hollywood films," said the policeman.

No one was reported injured.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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