Friday, September 9, 2011

Floods Thailand - One dead, 10 missing in Uttaradit flash flood, landslide - 9th Sept 2011

One villager was reported dead, at least ten were injured, and ten others are missing after their village was hit by early morning forest-runoff and a landslide in this northern Thai province.

The Uttaradit provincial disaster service office urgently mobilised rescue teams and military to reach Nam Pai sub-district in Nam Pad district after being alerted that the forest-runoff and landslide cut off some 300 households from the outside world at around 2am.

Initial reports said one person died in the incident but the victim has not yet been identified. Dozens are injured while ten others are still missing.

Surachai Thatchakawin of the disaster response office said the forest-runoff hit the three villages quickly while the villagers were sleeping. No early warning had been issued. One-storey houses were immediately swept away by torrential water and three roads leading to the villages were heavily damaged. Read More