In Thailand, seven people were missing due to a landslide
Seven Myanmar refugees went missing, another 16 were injured as a result of a landslide that descended on a refugee camp from Myanmar in Mehongson province in northern Thailand, the online version of the Bangkok Post newspaper reported on Monday citing provincial authorities.
The landslide, consisting of soil and stones mixed with water, came down from the mountain to the territory of the refugee camp in the Sop Mei region of the province of Mehongson on Sunday evening, the report said. Local authorities do not provide any details about the wounded and missing, they only report that medical assistance was provided to the victims, the newspaper writes.
In the refugee camp in the Sop Mei district, one of the dozens of camps that have been inhabited by refugees from the border areas of Myanmar for decades, where there has been a civil war for a long time, there are about 9,000 people, mostly belonging to the Myanmar’s Karen minority, .
In the area of the camp, a search and rescue operation is underway, and the ruins, filled with earth and stones, which remain at the site of residential buildings demolished by a landslide, are being dismantled.
The landslide was caused by strong seasonal rains that did not stop for more than three days in many parts of Thailand and caused flooding to a depth of 50–80 centimeters in large areas in six of the 77 Thai provinces. More than 15 thousand people suffered from floods these days.
The increase in seasonal rainfall is due to the impact of the tropical typhoon Mangkhut, which last week caused 28 deaths in the Philippines and caused significant damage in Hong Kong and other regions of southern China. Thai weather forecasters warn of the danger of floods and landslides, which will continue until next Thursday due to continued rain.