11 July 2024

Thirty-three households in a mountainous village in Bo Klua district of the northernmost province of Nan were ordered today to immediately evacuate to a temple five kilometres away for fear that they might be struck by a landslide.

Bo Klua district chief officer Preecha Somchai ordered the immediate evacuation of the 33 households in Ban Huay Kharb, Tambon Dongphaya, after officials found a 200-metre crack on the mountain above the village.

He said that, if there are more rains, the crack on the mountain could result in another life-threatening landslide.

Seven villagers of the same family in Ban Huay Kharb were buried alive when landslide crushed on their foothill house as they were asleep on Friday night following heavy rains.  One went missing as search continues today to find their bodies.

Six bodies of the Akkara family were plucked from muddy earth.  They were identified as Mr Tui, Mrs Karbkaew, Mr Thanakorn, Ms Kamonrat, six-year old Ms Charinrat and Ms Nattyhicha.