December 22, 2016

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Landslide in Mayangon Tp kills three

Rescuers remove soil to evacuate the scene of accident of the victims. Photo: Supplied
Rescuers remove soil to evacuate the scene of accident of the victims. Photo: Supplied

A landslide at a monastery in Mayangon Township yesterday left three people dead.
The incident occurred around 9:45am when six workers were digging around a 25-foot high earthen wall in preparation for the construction of a retaining wall.
The three victims have been confirmed as Aye Min, 34; Zaw Min Oo, 24; and Kyo Gyi, 35.
“Once we got the information, we went there and carried out an evacuation together with firemen and police with the use of a backhoe. We discovered three bodies,” said U Kyaw Zaw, the head of Yangon Region’s East District Red Cross Society.
“The deadly tragedy happened because the workers have no experience in this kind of work, and there are few worksite safety measures in place,” said U Kyaw Ye Aung, a construction expert.
The local police station is investigating the tragedy.
Work began at the site on 4 January.
The last deadly landslide in Mayangon Township occurred in 1992, according to residents.—Zaw Gyi (Panita)

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