Landslide Death Toll in Southern Myanmar Rises to 33

By The Irrawaddy 10 August 2019

YANGON—The death toll from a landslide in Mottama in Paung Township of Mon State in southern Myanmar rose to 33 on Saturday afternoon as a rescue team found more bodies, according to the Myanmar Fire Service Department.

On Saturday afternoon, Myanmar Vice President-2 U Henry Van Thio and Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister U Win Myat Aye paid a visit to the landslide-hit area.

Mon State Immigration and Human Resources Minister U Tun Min Aung said more than 100 people were believed to live in the area before the disaster. He was unable to confirm the number of missing residents.

The state government announced on Friday night that 41 people were injured.

The landslide hit at the base of a mountain just after 8 a.m. on Friday following heavy rains on Thursday night.

Mon State and other areas in southern Myanmar have been dealing with heavy flooding since last week, with transportation limited or entirely shut down in some places.

Trains between Yangon and Mon’s Ye Township have been canceled and much of the highway has been closed to traffic as parts of it are completely submerged. The flooding is especially bad in Belin Township, where the Mon State government has opened eight camps that are currently housing 1,000 people displaced by the inundation.

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