34 killed in Myanmar landslide

Mawlamyine, August 10 

The death toll from a landslide triggered by monsoon rains in eastern Myanmar rose to at least 34, as emergency workers continued a desperate search through thick mud for scores more feared missing.

Myanmar’s monsoon season brings an annual torrent of heavy downpours, which often leaves tens of thousands displaced from flooded homes and triggering deadly landslides across hilly regions.

A huge brown gash on the hillside marked where the deluge of mud flooded onto Ye Pyar Kone village in Mon state on Friday, wiping out 16 homes. So far, 47 persons have been left injured while officials believe that more than 80 could still be missing. — AFP