Myanmar troops help in flood relief after landslide kills 51

Residents look at an area affected by a landslide in Mutkyi Myanmar on Aug 12 2019

Myanmar Landslide Kills 34, Many More Feared Missing

There are now more than 80,000 people sheltering at evacuation sites across the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It swept away dozens of homes in the village of The Phyu Gon, located at the foot of a mountain in Monday state's Paung township.

In the town of Shwegyin in eastern Bago region, residents waded out through waist-deep waters or waited to be rescued by boat after the Sittaung river burst its banks, swallowing entire homes.

As the rainy season reaches its peak, armed forces are pitching in. "Our regional military commands are working to help with the search and rescue process in disaster areas", Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun told Agence France-Presse.

The search for victims continued later Sunday though the rain has made the process more hard.

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

Families realized they had to leave in the early hours Sunday, packing possessions into boats, rowing toward higher ground or swimming away.

The bulk of the effort is focused on hard-hit Monday state, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea.

"This year is the worst", a resident of Ye township said. "That's why we survived".

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According to government data, the flood displaced at least 14,000 people in Myanmar's southern states of Mon, Kayin and Tanintharyi.

"I heard a huge noise and turned round to see my home being hit by the mud", she said, crying.

"The Second Vice President said action will be taken as soon as experts have examined the area, marked potential future landslides and determined how best to prevent them", said Mi Kun Chan, a Paung Township lower house lawmaker. 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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