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At least 22 dead and dozens missing after landslide in Burma
Residents of Mon State at the landslide, Saturday, August 10th. SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP

A landslide caused by monsoon rains left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded in a village in eastern Burma, while dozens of people are missing, according to a new report published Saturday, August 10.

Aerial footage filmed by Agence France Presse (AFP) shows a hillside flooded by a mudslide that poured out on Friday, August 9th. in the morning, on the village of Ye Pyar Kone of Mon State, in the south of the country, carrying sixteen houses and a monastery.

Rescuers worked all night trying to find survivors. On Saturday morning, they evacuated several victims, loading the bodies covered with blue plastic in the back of a truck. "The toll is now 22 dead and 47 wounded"announced Myo Min Tun, a local AFP official.

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The authorities are still without news of a hundred other villagers, out of 169 inhabitants that usually counts the affected area. But some may have been absent at the time of the landslide. The images show the remains of blue roofs carried away by the mud, while down the hill, homes break down with trucks overturned, witnessing the strength of the torrent .

"I heard a huge din"

Htay Htay Win, 32, is still without news of two of his daughters and five other members of his family. "I heard a huge din and turning around, I saw my house washed away by the mud", she testified. Torrential downpours pushed the rivers out of their beds, and people living near the coast were warned of the risks of big tides.

In the village of Shwegyin, in the Bago region (south), only roofs of houses passed over the flooding Sittaung River, while locals tried to flee on foot or by boat. According to the authorities, the floods have already forced at least 30,000 people to leave their homes, mainly in the Bago region and in the Mon and Karen states.

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