Landslide devastates Karenni refugee camp: 1 dead, 1 missing

Landslide devastates Karenni refugee camp: 1 dead, 1 missing

A landslide induced by continuous heavy rains has killed at least one man at a Karenni refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand.

More than 100 refugee homes were damaged in the deluge, camp officials said.

“Heavy rain fell throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, destroying a clinic, a school and a women’s shelter, and damaging more than 100 houses in Zone B of the camp,” said vice-chairperson Naw Khu Paw.

“Twenty-five houses were destroyed, and 98 sustained substantial damage,” she said. “The school was flooded, and one house was completely carried away in the flood.”

The dead man was identified as Tay Reh, 40, while Toe Reh, 53, has been reported missing. Both were working in paddy files 20 km from the camp when a flash flood hit.

Though water levels had dropped by Thursday, debris has littered the camp, forcing more refugees to relocate to shelters or houses on higher land.

The value of the losses has not been calculated, the camp committee said.

There are about 3,000 refugees in Karenni refugee camp number 1.

Thai news agency Manager Online reported that military personnel and township volunteers had formed rescue teams to assist.

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