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    Death toll of Myanmar’s landslide rises to 71 as rescue efforts continue

    Published on August 14, 2019

    By Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati : The death toll from monsoon landslide in Myanmar’s Mon state rose to 71 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to latest figures released by the Myanmar Fire Services Department. “Rescue efforts will be carried out until bodies of all missing ones are found,” a rescuer told Xinhua. The deadly landslide took place when the mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to the monsoon downpour in Paung township at 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday. Residents, houses and vehicles were swamped by deluge of mud and rocks from the collapse. Precautionary measures were being taken as there was a sign of more landslides at the area, an official from the Myanmar Fire Services Department told Xinhua on Monday. Due to heavy monsoon rainfall, Paung, Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikmaraw and Ye towns were flooded and some schools had been temporarily closed in the town of Paung since Friday.Reportedly, as of August 11, as many as 11 bodies were retrieved from the site of the landslide Sunday morning, which later increased to 52 that has now reached to 65. The landslide buried 25 homes and five vehicles in the area. There are also reports that more than 100 people living in the area were struck by the disaster. It is estimated that over 40 people are still missing, including tourists and passers-by.

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