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Myanmar floods: Landslide toll climbs to 59 

Yangon, Aug 12: Tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes as incessant rains this monsoon season has caused havoc in the south-east Myanmar as it submerged the large areas while heavy showers triggered landslide in the town of Paung, Mon state, where it is being reported that some 25 buildings were buried.

Residents and vehicles were swamped by deluge of mud and rocks from the collapse.

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

The death toll from a landslide that buried several houses in a Myanmar town has increased to 59, with rescue teams on Monday still struggling to locate potential survivors amid the rubble.

“Rescue operations are still underway and will continue until all bodies of victims are recovered,” a Myanmar Fire Services Department official told Xinhua news agency.

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

Rescue efforts were hampered on Sunday as rains continued to lash the region. The search operation was continuing with support of excavators and heavy machinery.

 

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