Three monks killed in landslide

Oct 6, 2009 (DVB), Three monks have been killed in a landslide after heavy rain hit a town in southern Burma last week, locals said.

A monastery at the foot of a cliff in Tenasserim division's Kawthaung town was buried on Saturday after four days of heavy rain dislodged earth and rocks.

"[The cliff] collapsed after constant rain over several days, and the monastery below was crushed underneath the rocks. Three monks were killed," said a town local.

He said the body of one of the monks was recovered on Saturday morning and buried on 5 October.

Huts in a nearby neighbourhood were also destroyed by the landslide, leaving several people injured.

Last month three villages, located alongside of Aung Lan-Pyay highway road in Bago division's Pyay township were hit by flooding.

Annual events marking the end of Buddhist lent were cancelled in Magwe division last week after heavy rain affected the area, a local said.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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