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Mudslides kill at least six in northern Thailand

2011-09-09 21:14:24 GMT+7 (ICT)

BANGKOK (BNO NEWS) -- At least six people were killed on Friday and one person remains missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides in three villages in northern Thailand, officials said.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation confirmed that six people are dead and another person is missing following landslides in three villages in the district of Nam Phad in Uttaradit province. The floodwaters and mudslides also damaged five houses in the villages, the Bangkok Post reported on its website.

Northern Thailand has been hit by unusually heavy monsoon rains in the past months, killing at least 72 people in flood-related incidents. Disaster Relief Center director Panu Yaemsiri told the newspaper that people in 14 central and northeastern provinces are still affected by flooding, which has so far affected more than 465,000 people in 2,568 villages in the provinces.

Meanwhile, the water levels continue to increase in many rivers across the region and authorities have warned residents in risk areas to be aware of possible flash floods and mudslides. The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain in northern, northeastern, central and eastern provinces over the next few days.

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