Dozens Killed, Thousands Left Homeless as Monsoon Rains Trigger Landslide in Myanmar

  • A massive landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains on Friday killed nearly 60 people in a township in southeastern Myanmar’s Mon state, fire officials said, as rescue teams worked throughout the weekend amid heavy rainfall that is forecast to continue.
  • So far, rescuers have recovered 59 bodies from the landslide that hit Mottama at the base of Malat Taung Mountain in the state’s Paung township, burying more than a dozen houses, according to information on the website of the state Fire Services Department on Monday.
  • Emergency crews are continuing their work to try to find many who are still missing. Mon state lies along the Andaman Sea and shares a small border with Thailand.