Residents return to the site of the landslide to retrieve personal items in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, on Sunday. Ann Wang/Reuters
Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after the death toll from a deadly landslide jumped to 48.
Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing thousands and triggering landslides.
But the disaster Friday in southeastern Mon state was the worst in recent memory and hundreds of emergency response workers were still pulling bodies out of the muddy wreckage early Sunday.
"The total death toll reached 48. Search and rescue is still ongoing," Paung township administrator Zaw Moe Aung told the media.
Heavy rains pounded Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges.
As the rainy season reaches its peak, the country's armed forces are pitching in.
"Our regional military commands are working to help with the search and rescue process in disaster areas," Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told AFP.
"Helicopters will be used to supply food."
The bulk of the effort is focused on hard-hit Mon state, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea.
Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state and displaced more than 25,000 residents who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.
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.
Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
At least another five people have been injured in Thursday's accident, said Khin Maung Win, chairman of Thingaha rescue group working at the site now.
The state-run People's Daily said rescue work is ongoing at the site in Shuicheng county, Guizhou province, where a thick torrent of mud buried 22 houses in the landslide on Tuesday.
Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings, bridges and roads have been damaged by the severe weather which affected nine districts or towns across Bengkulu province, officials said.
In a media briefing on Monday, the authorities announce the easing of a number of restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic at the state level and the updates that are taking place in various sectors.
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