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Landslides in southern Myanmar kill 3 Buddhist monks, damage monasteries

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Oct 5, 2009

YANGON, Myanmar -- A state newspaper has reported that landslides triggered by heavy rains in southern Myanmar have killed three Buddhist monks and damaged monasteries and homes.

Myanma Ahlin said the fatalities occurred Saturday in the southernmost town of Kawthaung, which borders Thailand.

The report published Monday said two young monks and a boy were also slightly injured, and authorities were working with residents to provide aid and relief.

The landslides occurred in a low-lying area just east of the Tanintharyi mountain range.

State media in Myanmar typically report news of disasters several days late.


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