Myanmar landslide kills 51

Myanmar landslide kills 51

Troops were deployed to flood-hit areas in Myanmar yesterday to help with relief efforts after the death toll from a deadly landslide jumped to 51.

PAUNG TOWNSHIP, Southern Myanmar-Second Vice President Van Thio has instructed officials and geologists in southern Myanmar's Mon State to immediately test land conditions in hill areas there, after landslides killed at least 57 and left dozens more missing in Mottama, in Paung Township, over the weekend.

"We found 34 dead, and the search for dead bodies is still ongoing", local administrator Myo Min Tun told AFP.

Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing residents and triggering landslides.

There are now more than 80,000 people sheltering at evacuation sites across the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In the town of Ye in Monday state, people struggled to stay afloat and others fled to rooftops or to higher ground with the help of rescue boats. The military have announced plans to deliver emergency supplies by helicopter.

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The bulk of the effort is focused on hard-hit Monday state, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea.

"I dragged a woman and two children from a vehicle but I could not reach two other people, so I had to leave them", the 30-year-old said.

"There are some casualties at nearby villages. But we can't reach those villages yet".

Families realized they had to leave in the early hours Sunday, packing possessions into boats, rowing towards higher ground or swimming away.

Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state and displaced more than 25,000 residents who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.

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