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4 killed in Tachileik flood as houses swept away

Four people were killed in a flash flood in eastern Shan State, where severe currents swept away local villagers and houses in the village of Kyaing Lat in Tachileik District.

The four, whose bodies were recovered on Wednesday, were as yet unnamed. Official sources said they were an older man, a mother and two children.

Speaking to DVB on Wednesday, Tachileik district administration officer Tin Win Shwe said, “Eighteen houses were uprooted in the flood. Some are brick-based houses. Twenty people were swept away, but we found 16 of them alive yesterday.”

“Our district administrative team tried to go to the village, but we had to return after 12 miles as about seven bridges were destroyed. We could not go any farther,” he told DVB by telephone. “Today, we are trying to go by boat. Our administrative committee includes police, a rescue team and health officials.”

Almost all of the 102 households in the village of Nam Kaing have been inundated, an official said, and locals have taken refuge in a Buddhist monastery on higher ground.

The local Public Construction Department is building temporary crossings where bridges have been destroyed.

Water levels in Tachileik, which were previously head height, have now dropped, through displaced villagers were still unable to return home as of Wednesday.


Officials in Tachileik, which borders the Thai town of Mae Sai in the notorious Golden Triangle region, called for assistance for around 100 families, saying they had lost furniture, clothes and food in the floodwaters.


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