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Sunday, August 11, 2019

22 killed due to Myanmar landslide, many feared missing

AFP, Mawlamyine :
At least 22 people were killed when a landslide triggered by monsoon rains struck a village in eastern Myanmar, as emergency workers continued the search Saturday for scores more feared missing.
A huge brown scar on the hillside marked where the deluge of mud descended on Thae Pyar Kone village in Mon state on Friday, wiping out 16 homes and a monastery. Search and rescue teams worked through the night trying to find survivors and recover bodies from
the deep sludge. "So far we have found 22 bodies and 47 injured people," said local administrator Myo Min Tun. Officials believe up to 100 people could still be missing. Raging floods across Myanmar have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks as monsoon rains pummel the nation. Aerial pictures showed broken remnants of rooftops and other debris from the houses strewn next to trucks knocked over by the force of the mudslide.