Toll in Myanmar landslide reaches 48

Residents look at an area affected by a landslide in Mutkyi Myanmar on Aug 12 2019

Residents look at an area affected by a landslide in Mutkyi Myanmar on Aug 12 2019

"Rescue work will continue in coming days as 29 villagers are still reportedly missing", it said in a press release on Sunday evening (9 pm local time).

The intense monsoon rains have also forced the evacuation of almost 38,000 people across the country, according to the UN. Mon State is now spending from its 500-million-kyat disaster response fund to deal with the disaster.

In the town of Ye in Monday state, people struggled to stay afloat and others fled to rooftops or to higher ground with the help of rescue boats.

In the town of Ye in Mon State, people scrambled to stay afloat as they tried to swim to safety through swirling, muddy waters. Pictures from the area showed residents heading to higher ground by boat or swimming.

The heavy rains muffled their pleas but a boat happened to pass by and gave them a ride.

"I heard a huge noise and turned round to see my home being hit by the mud", she said, crying.

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Vice President Henry Van Thio visited landslide survivors in a Paung township village on Saturday and "spoke of his sorrow" while promising relief assistance, the paper reported.

"Efforts will be made toward preventing the recurrence of such disasters, people will be informed and preventive exercises will be conducted regularly", he told the families.

The death toll in a landslide that buried more than a dozen village houses in southeastern Myanmar has climbed to 56, an official said Monday.

Emergency crews had to unblock the main highway from Yangon to Mawlamyine, buried under six feet (1.8 metres) of sludge. The military have announced plans to deliver emergency supplies by helicopter.

Climate scientists in 2015 ranked Myanmar at the top of a global list of nations hardest hit by extreme weather. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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