Myanmar landslide toll rises to 69

Yangon, Aug 16 (IANS) The death toll from a monsoon landslide in Myanmar's Mon state rose to 69 as more bodies were recovered on Friday, according to the country's Fire Services Department.

The landslide took place when the mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to heavy rainfall in Paung township in early hours of August 9.

Clearance operation was carried out in 90 per cent of the landslide-hit area and rehabilitation assistance for the victims was underway, MP Mi Kon Chan of Mon state told Xinhua news agency.

Residents, houses and vehicles were swamped by deluge of mud and rocks from the collapse.

Meanwhile, some townships in Mon state - Paung, Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikmaraw and Ye were flooded due to the downpour last week.

--IANS

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