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Myanmar landslide kills dozens

Yangon: The death toll in a landslide that buried more than a dozen houses in south-eastern Myanmar has climbed past 50, an official said on Monday.

The landslide hit a village in Paung township on Friday. Zaw Zaw Htoo, an MP from Paung who arrived at the scene over the weekend, said three more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, bringing the death toll to 56.

A rescue team works at a landslide-hit area in Paung township, in Myanmar, on Monday.

A rescue team works at a landslide-hit area in Paung township, in Myanmar, on Monday.Credit:AP

The top official in Mon state, Aye Zan, had visited the site and villagers who were evacuated to a relief camp to escape floods following torrential rains.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that monsoon flooding had displaced more than 7000 people in Mon state last week. Apart from the landslide in Paung, houses and a school in other townships were washed away, roads were blocked and villages were submerged.

Nearly 12,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar last week alone, bringing the total number of those in evacuation centres to more than 38,000, the UN said.

AP

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