Thailand – 2 Dead, 6 Missing After Landslides in Mae Hong Son Province

Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Sop Moei district in Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand after heavy rain from 16 September.

Affected areas include the Baan Mae La Oun refugee camp close to the Myanmar border, which houses about 13,000 refugees, mostly ethnic Karen from Myanmar.

According to Thais news agency NNT, at least 1 person died and 7 were missing as of 17 September. Since then one body has been retrieved by search and rescue teams.

At least 11 people have been injured and more than 10 houses damaged.

5 Province Still Flooded, More Rain Forecast

Meanwhile the country’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has declared that five provinces are still coping flooding and need urgent assistance.

Initially 23 provinces were affected from run-off and flash floods triggered by the Southwestern monsoon from around 17 August this year. Much of the flooding has since receded. DDPM Director-General Chayapol Thitisak said however that some areas in the provinces of Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Chachoengsao, Nan and Satun are still flooded and communities are in need of assistance.

On 17 September Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued a warning that ex-Typhoon Mangkhut is likely to bring precipitation to Thailand’s western part of the central plain, the East and the western coast of the South over the coming days.