Heavy rains cause traffic chaos in landslide-hit Mawchi

HEAVY rains on Wednesday came as another blow to Mawchi in Kayah State, causing a river to flood a bridge and cause chaos on the roads, just days after the area was hit by deadly landslides.
Local authorities are using equipment to clear the river’s waterway and restore its proper flow without damaging Bridge No. 2 on the road between Pasawng and Mawchi.
Local authorities are relocating those living in disaster-hit areas to relief camps.
Meanwhile, out of more than 2,000 migrant miners from lead mines in Mawchi sheltering at a relief camp in Loika, around 300 returned home Wednesday with the assistance of local government.
The official death toll following the landslide has reached 17, while another six people are feared dead, according a news report from Myanmar News Agency on wednesday.
Around 60 houses were destroyed and1,186 people have been displaced by the landslide, which occurred in a mountainous area between Mawchi Taung Paw village and Lokharlo village on 10 and 11 October.
Local authorities, army personnel and police teamed up with residents to carry out rescue operations.
Aid from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has already reached the victims, and more aid will be shipped to the disaster-hit area soon, according to the ministry.
“Local authorities are carrying out rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Mawchi and we are also assisting private donors to reach Pasawng and Mawchi,” said U Aung Swe, Chairman of the Loikaw Township Natural Disaster Management Committee.
On Thursday, a flash flood in a creek in Kalewa Township, Sagaing Region, swept away 14 people.
So far, seven bodies have been found and the remaining are feared to have died, along with more than 20 cattle, local authorities told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Around 200 acres of farmland were buried under sand that swept in during the flash floods in Phonethone creek in Kyaunggyi Village, Chin Chaung village tract, in Kalewa Townsip, Sagaing Region.
The disaster followed the country’s worst floods in 100 years, which struck from late July to August, killing more than 120 people nationwide and impacting more than 1.6 million people.
Most of the flood-related deaths were reported in Rakhine State, where at least 56 people died. This was followed by Sagaing Region with 24, Mandalay with 12 and Shan State with nine.—GNLM

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