At least 20 people have been killed and about 100 others went missing in a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in southeastern Myanmar, local media reported on Friday.
According to state-run MRTV, the landslide buried homes and vehicles in a nearby village in Thaton township of Mon state.
“Authorities and rescue workers are still working to rescue those trapped in the houses and vehicles as of Friday evening,” it said, citing local authorities.
It added that 20 dead bodies were recovered, while dozens others have been rescued and transported to hospital in Thaton town.
According to government data, the flood forced more than 12,000 people in Mon state and adjacent Kayin state to take shelter in temporary camps over the past two days.
In recent weeks, heavy rain have caused flood in upper part of the country forcing around 89,000 people to take refuge in temporary camps and religious buildings.
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China has issued a red alert as a typhoon bringing torrential rain and gales descends on its eastern coast, threatening an intense storm surge up the Yangtze river.
Flood prevention efforts are being stepped up along Asia’s longest waterway in the wake of the top-level warning, which has also led authorities to ready evacuations, suspend train and air travel and call for vessels to return to port.
Typhoon Lekima is expected to bring heavy rain and storm-force winds to Zhejiang, Shanghai and other neighbouring provinces before making landfall on Saturday.
The typhoon has already forced Taiwan to cancel flights and order the closure of markets, offices and schools.
The typhoon is bringing torrential rain, heavy seas and high winds to China’s eastern coast
It also left more than 40,000 homes without power on the island, where the authorities have issued landslide warnings following an earlier earthquake.
China’s National Meteorological Centre said Lekima, gusting at 130mph, was the strongest typhoon since 2014.
It warned 24-hour rainfall levels across eastern China could reach up to 32cm (13in).
Cruise liners have been asked to delay their arrival in Shanghai, while some ships are set to be diverted to Hong Kong to help prevent accidents and collisions.
Vessels have been urged to return to port as China braces itself for extreme weather
In Zhejiang, the ferry service has been cancelled and more than 200 tourists evacuated from Beiji island.
Three main streams of the Yangtze are likely to exceed alert levels.
The commission overseeing the river for the ministry of water resources has directed efforts to prevent floods and over-saturation of levees along its banks.
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