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Myanmar: Monsoons trigger landslides, killing 51 people

Myanmar: Monsoons trigger landslides, killing 51 people”

Precautionary measures will also be done as there is a sign of more landslides at the area, the official added.

Almost 12,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar last week alone, bringing the total number of those in evacuation centers to more than 38,000, the United Nations said.

Mon State: At least 56 people lost their lives after monsoons triggered landslides in Myanmar's Mon State, according to the country's Fire Services Department.

Hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and rescue workers were still pulling bodies and vehicles out of the muddy rubble of the township on Sunday.

Heavy rains pounded other parts of Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges that crumbled under the weight of the downpour.

As the rainy season reaches its peak, the country's armed forces are pitching in and have readied helicopters to deliver supplies.

But the bulk of the relief effort is focused on hard-hit Monday, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea. Pictures from the area showed residents heading to higher ground by boat or swimming.

"Rescue work will continue in coming days as 29 villagers are still reportedly missing", it said in a press release on Sunday evening (9 pm local time).

"This year is the worst", a resident of Ye township said.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited Monday and pledged more boats for flood relief efforts, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

The landslide hit a village in Paung township on Friday.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are now more than 80,000 people taking shelter at evacuation sites across the country. He also visited monasteries that are serving as makeshift relocation camps for an estimated 25,000 people displaced by the floods.



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