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September 23, 2019

Death toll in Paung landslide rises to 59

Photo shows an aerial view of the deadly landslide area in Paung Township yesterday. Photo: Ko Zaw Min

The death toll in the landslide that struck Paung in Mon State rose to 59 yesterday, according to the Paung Township General Administration Department. The deadly landslide occurred around 7 am on 9 August following torrential rain.
Rescue teams are conducting operations and aid has been flowing into landslide and flood-hit areas in the state, according to the department.
“The Myanmar Fire Services Department took aerial photos over the mountain using a drone and detected a possible landslide in the mountain,” said U Zaw Moe Aung, the head of the Paung Township General Administration Department.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected the site of the landslide again yesterday, and made arrangements with the Irrigation Department to take preventive measures against potential landslides.
The local authorities have opened an account with the KBZ bank for receiving donations for people affected by the landslide.
The landslide has affected 179 persons from 27 households and about 35 are receiving medical treatment at the Mawlamyine and Thaton hospitals.
Special rescue teams from the Myanmar Fire Services Department (Central) are carrying out rescue operations at the site by using modern machinery and the help from Tatmadaw members and volunteers.
Some volunteers said they have found some people buried under the soil, and it is believed that they are dead, but it has been difficult to retrieve the bodies.
Landslides have occurred in six areas in Paung Township since 9 August, and the authorities have alerted locals for the following incidents.
Aid from private donors and the government has reached the victims of the deadly landslide in Thae Byu Gon Village in the state. — Ko Hein (Paung)

(Translated by GNLM)

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