Myanmar: Monsoons trigger landslides, killing 51 people

Death toll of monsoon landslide in southern Myanmar rises to 59 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to the monsoon downpour at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

U Zaw Zaw Htoo, a Mon State lawmaker representing Paung Township, said at least four of the seven landslides were the direct result of the destruction of hills there by miners and the landowners that sold the land to them.

Precautionary measures will also be taken as there is a fear of more landslides in the area, the official added.

The rescue and recovery operations which continued over the weekend were hindered by continuous rainfall and deep mud.

The top official in Monday state, Aye Zan, had visited the site and villagers who were evacuated to a relief camp to escape floods following torrential rains.

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Myanmar troops and emergency responders scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country after rising waters forced residents to flee This season's deluge has tested disaster response after a fatal landslide in southeastern Monday state was followed by heavy flooding that reached the roofs of houses and treetops in nearby towns.

"I dragged a woman and two children from a auto but I could not reach two other people, so I had to leave them", the 30-year-old said. "Search and rescue is still ongoing", Paung township administrator Zaw Moe Aung told AFP.

Officials say rescue efforts will continue through the coming week.

"I heard a huge noise and turned round to see my home being hit by the mud", she said, crying.

On Saturday, Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio visited the village to deliver cash assistance to the victims' families.

Vietnam has also experienced heavy flooding this week with at least eight people killed in the country's central highlands and rescuers using a zipline to carry dozens of others to safety.

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