At least 48 people are dead due to landslides that buried several houses in Myanmar town, according to the authorities on Sunday.

The landslide, which was caused by heavy flooding, took place on Friday in the town of Paung, Mon state, Efe news reported.

The Fire Services Department said that 48 bodies had been recovered and search-and-rescue efforts were underway to locate an undetermined number of missing people.

Dozens of bulldozers and heavy machinery have been deployed to find potential survivors in a race against time.

“Our regional military commands are working to help with the search and rescue process in disaster areas,” Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited landslide survivors in a Paung township village on Saturday and “spoke of his sorrow” while promising relief assistance,

Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing thousands and triggering landslides.

Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.