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Myanmar dam breach floods 85 villages, thousands driven from homes

SWAR CREEK DAM, Myanmar: As many as 85 villages were flooded in Myanmar after a dam failed, unleashing waters that blocked a major highway and forced more than 63,000 people from their homes, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday. The disaster spotlights safety concerns about dams in Southeast Asia after last month’s collapse of a hydroelectric dam in neighboring Laos that displaced thousands of people and killed at least 27. Firefighters, troops, and officials launched a desperate rescue effort on Wednesday after the…