The UN said that monsoon flooding displaced more than 7,000 people last week in Mon state [Ann Wang/Reuters]

The death toll from a landslide in southern Myanmar has risen to 61 as search operations continued, the country’s Fire Services Department said on Tuesday.

The village of The Phyu Gon, located at the foot of a mountain in Mon state’s Paung township, was devastated by a landslide on the morning of August 9 after torrential rains pounded the area the previous night.

More than two dozen homes were destroyed by the cascade of mud, displacing more than 150 villagers. At least 35 people were treated for injuries at nearby hospitals.

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Military personnel and local volunteers were assisting in the search operations

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