10 dead in Myanmar landslide; dozens missing

Published: August 10, 2019 10:50:34 | Updated: August 10, 2019 15:05:19

In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo, members of a Myanmar rescue team gather at the landslide-hit area at a village in Paung township, Mon State, Myanmar. A landslide has buried more than a dozen village houses in southeastern Myanmar - AP Photo

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens are missing after a landslide caused by severe rains buried homes and buildings in southern Myanmar, officials and rescue workers said on Friday.

Heavy rain has pummeled the south for days, causing flooding that has displaced at least 12,000 people, according to the United Nations.

Thin Lae War Aung, an official in Paung township, Mon state said five men and five women had been confirmed dead after the landslide in Thaphyu Kone village, Reuters reported.

Myo Myint Shein, chairman of the Mudon Rescue Association, said the death toll was 17 and expected to rise.

“I heard a loud sound and the ground was shaking,” he told Reuters. “It’s not possible to be alive after being hit by rock and soil.”

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that houses and a school had been washed away in other townships. More heavy rainfall is expected in the coming days.

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