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October 13, 2015

Landslides in Mawchi kill 28, displace 1000- 12105879_777311719063363_6695354833855242685_n12096124_777322159062319_37264877369779800_nmawchi3mawchi2 Landslides in Mawchi Mine Region, Hpasaung Township, Kayah State, caused by heavy rain, killed 28 people as of 3:30pm on October 13. “Another 10 people were found dead underground today, so the death total is now 28. More bodies are still being looked for,” said an Anglican priest in Out village. Lo-Khar-Lo Baptist Church is housing the largest number of displaced people, but it has not received any relief aid as od 4pm on October 13, said relief teams at the church. “Relief teams only go to the high school in Out Village. Nearly 1,000 people are in our camp. There is no car or bike route to the church. It would be easier if they sent aid using pulley wheels from Out village, across the creek. We want them to come fast. There are nearly 2,000 people in need of aid at the primary school and the church,” said a resident of Lo-Khar-Lo. Some of the roads to the Mawchi Mine Region are flooded, and several mountain roads collapsed, so vehicles carrying relief aid have only been able to reach No 2 Relief Camp, according to relief teams under the National League for Democracy on October 13. Furthermore, the bridge near No 2 Relief Camp cannot bear the weight of trucks, so relief items must be loaded onto small cars.“Because of the continuous rain, rocks keep cracking. Beneath 13-Kone Ward are holes excavated for lead mining. If there is a landslide in this area, it will all collapse at once. We need a modernised relief process. After the landslides struck, people asked for help, but we couldn’t go and help. Two of us who went to help were buried under the landslide. No relief aid has arrived yet,” said Ah Yone Oo from 13-Kone Ward. Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed 18 people, including two children, and left 11 missing, in the Mawchi Mine region, Hpasaung Township, Kayah State, according to local witnesses. Resident Saw Alkalu said: “Since the morning of October 11, there have been heavy downpours and strong winds. Landslides began in the hills at about 2pm the same day. The landslide destroyed staff quarters, houses and a church built on hill sides. About 40 houses were ruined. The exact number of damaged houses is under investigation. Injured people are receiving treatment at Lokharlo hospital. The number of missing people is expected to increase.” About 500 from the area are taking shelters in a Baptist church in Kharlo village, with another 300 victims in a middle school and more than 300 in a high school. The victims are in need of food and drinking water. On June 1, a mining company issued a warning about the danger of possible landslides in restricted areas during the rainy season. Many locals turned a blind eye to it the warnings. The Mawchi Mine region is located about 80 miles from Loikaw Township. The residents of the area rely on satellite phones as they have has no easy access to telecommunication lines. CR ELEVEN MEDIA PHOTOCR. Tin Ko Win 12063633_781502945329526_3493494549102307128_n12087988_781502735329547_2473250902217027380_n12144734_781502868662867_6875887889959459483_n12088192_781502808662873_4081921562764184358_n PHOTOCREDIT Myanmar Disaster Relief Coordination Centre 12074488_796967667080902_3356560244142595613_n 12106770_796967610414241_7375109117249805625_n 12144950_796967760414226_1879805763525843482_n

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