| GEO World|
| 46 dead in landslides in Myanmar|
| Updated at: 0922 PST, Thursday, June 17, 2010|
YANGON: At least 46 people have died in landslides triggered by heavy rain in western Myanmar near the border with Bangladesh, state media reported on Thursday. Bridges, homes and other buildings were damaged after record rainfall of more than 13 inches (33 centimeters) Wednesday in parts of Rakhine State, the local newspaper said.
The landslides swept away huts on hillsides. Some areas have seen floods as high as two feet (60 centimeters) after several days of torrential rain, the report said.
Landslides caused by heavy rains are not uncommon in Myanmar owing to deforestation.