Thousands flee flooding as Myanmar dam bursts

A major bridge along the Yangon-to-Mandalay highway, which connects with Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, is seen damaged Wednesday by rampaging floodwaters from a burst dam.

(CNN)Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes Wednesday when a dam burst in central Myanmar, sending floodwater pouring into nearby villages.

One person died and six people were believed to be missing as of Thursday, according to Kyaw Kyaw, an official who represents Yadeshe in Bago Division's regional parliament.
A breach of the Swar irrigation dam's spillway at 4 a.m. on Wednesday local time (6 p.m. Tuesday evening ET) sent water gushing into Swar, Yadeshe, and nearby villages.
Kyaw Kyaw added that some people had started to return home as the flood water had subsided and that local authorities were turning their attention to rehabilitation.
    Residents negotiate a flooded road Wednesday after rampaging waters from the Swar Chaung dam spillway submerged villages in the Bago region of central Myanmar.