Wuntho, Myanmar

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Wuntho is located in Myanmar
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 23°53′59″N 95°40′49″E / 23.89972°N 95.68028°E / 23.89972; 95.68028Coordinates: 23°53′59″N 95°40′49″E / 23.89972°N 95.68028°E / 23.89972; 95.68028
Country  Burma
Region Sagaing Region
District Katha District
Township Wuntho Township
Time zone MST (UTC+6.30)

Wuntho is a town in Katha District, Sagaing Division, Myanmar. It is the administrative seat of Wuntho Township.


While not the capital, it gave its name to the native state of Wuntho[1] which was formally annexed to Burma by the British in 1892. Rail service from Mandalay was extended to Wuntho in 1893.[2]

On 30 December 1994, on the outskirts of Wuntho on the Bonkyaung bridge a Mandalay-Myitkyina passenger train derailed when its brakes failed and one passenger car plummeted into a ravine. In all, 102 people were killed and 53 were seriously injured.[3][4]


  1. ^ Crosthwaite, Charles Haukes Todd (1912) The Pacification of Burma E. Arnold, London, page 92, OCLC 7223137
  2. ^ Dautremer, Joseph (1913) Burma under British Rule (translated from Dautremer, Joseph (1912) La Birmanie sous le régime britannique: une colonie modèle Guilmoto, Paris, OCLC 250415892) T.F. Unwin, London, page 205, OCLC 9493684; full text pp. 194-213 from the online library eBooksRead.com
  3. ^ Associated Press (2 January 1995) "Train derails in Myanmar, 102 killed" Toronto Star page A-13
  4. ^ Staff (5 January 1995) "Rail derailment kills 102, injures 53" BBC Summary of World Broadcasts from Radio Myanmar, Rangoon, in Burmese, 1330 GMT 31 December 1994

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