11 Killed In Rain-Triggered Landslides In Mynamar

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- At least 11 people died in central Myanmar when their homes collapsed from landslides caused by heavy rain, state media reported Saturday.

The deaths occurred Wednesday and Thursday in Mogok region, which has been battered by heavy monsoon rains, the Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported.

Several homes collapsed along Mogok's Yeni creek, where water levels rose as much as three feet, the newspaper reported.

Mogok, 520 miles north of Yangon, is known as Ruby Land and is famed for its rich supply of rubies, sapphires and other precious stones.

Flooding is common during Myanmar's monsoon season, which typically starts in late May.

Heavy rains have battered other parts of the country, including southwestern Myanmar where Cyclone Nargis hit last month. Monsoon rains have complicated relief efforts for survivors of the cyclone. The storm killed 78,000 people and left another 56,000 missing, according to the government.

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