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Suu Kyi visits hundreds left homeless by Myanmar blast
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Source: CNN International

The pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday visited a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, that is providing shelter to more than 1,000 people left homeless by a deadly explosion that struck a warehouse compound in a residential neighborhood of the city a day earlier.

The authorities have not given an explanation for the blast, which took place early Thursday, but members of the emergency services have said that it does not appear to have been caused by a bomb.

The explosion killed 20 people and injured more than 95, Myanmar's state-run television MR TV reported Thursday. Updated figures on the dead and injured were not available Friday morning.

The initial blast set off a fire that spread to nearby wooden houses, burning them to the ground. Hundreds of local residents have lost their homes and been forced to take temporary shelter in a nearby Buddhist monastery.

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