16 Sep 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - Heavy rain on the early morning of September 16 has caused floods in Mogok, Mandalay Region, and destroyed houses on the hillside. Four casualties have been recorded so far.

The rain started around 4:00am and lasted more than an hour, causing the Yay Ni Creek, which flows through the town, to overflow.

"Heavy rain caused the floods which in turn brought about landslides destroying houses and killing four people," said U Hla Moe, township administrator.

A total of 24 houses were destroyed, three women and one man died and 56 people from nine families living in dangerous buildings were evacuated to Mogok's religious hall.

"A house on the hillside in Shwe Tine collapsed, and a woman lost her life. A total of five houses have collapsed since this morning," said Mogok township fire department's head U Nanda Tun Naing. It had been raining since 10:00pm last night and fire fighters, rescue workers and social welfare groups are carrying out the rescue work, he said.

In the region, Mogok is a high-rainfall area and a gemstone tract. There have been incidents in the city in which the residents were injured or killed in landslides at the old mining blocks.

In July, around 200 people were killed by a landslide caused by rain at an open pit mining site in Hpakant, Kachin State, in what many said was the worst tragedy that happened in the area since 2015.