WORLD 51 die in deadly monsoon landslide in Myanmar's Mon state

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51 die in deadly monsoon landslide in Myanmar's Mon state

Xinhua

19:40, August 11, 2019

YANGON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a monsoon landslide rose to 51 so far in Myanmar's Mon state, said latest figures released by Myanmar Fire Services Department on Sunday.

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Rescue workers carry the body of a landslide victim in Paung township, Mon state on August 10, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

"Search and rescue operations are being carried out by using life detectors such as Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) and Leader Hasty," a department official told Xinhua.

The mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to the monsoon downpour at 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday. Residents, houses and vehicles were swamped away by deluge of mud and rocks from the collapse.

Caused by heavy monsoon rainfall, towns of Paung, Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikmaraw and Ye were flooded and some schools were temporarily closed in the town of Paung since early Friday.

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