Tens Of Thousands Flee Homes In Flood-hit Myanmar As Landslide Toll Hits 59
Mawlamyine, Myanmar, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Aug, 2019 ) :Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters said Monday.
There are currently more than 80,000 people sheltering at evacuation sites across the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
In the town of Ye in Mon state, people scrambled to stay afloat as they tried to swim to safety through swirling, muddy waters.
Others fled to rooftops or to higher ground, calling out to rescue boats for help.
AFP reporters saw workers desperately trying to repair roads damaged or washed away by the floods.
Rescuers also found more victims three days after a deadly landslide flattened 27 homes in Mon's Ye Pyar Kone village Friday morning.
Recovery teams have worked round-the-clock over the weekend, hindered by continuing downpours and deep mud as the stench of decaying bodies worsened.
Bago, Tanintharyi, and Karen states and regions have also been badly hit, leaving emergency responders severely stretched.
That year more than 100 people died in floods that also displaced hundreds of thousands.