NAN — A household of seven died when a landslide demolished a row of houses Saturday morning in northern Thailand.
A mass of mud engulfed four houses after heavy rains at the Baan Baan Huay Khab village in Bo Kluea district in Nan province, killing seven members of the Akkara family. One member is still missing.
District head Preecha Somchai ordered the evacuation of 33 other villagers living nearby to Wat Baan Swa Nua village 5 kilometers away.
Preecha said troops found a 200 meter-long ridge along the mountain which could slide down and destroy more houses in the event of more rain. Electricity in the area was still cut off Saturday afternoon.
Col. Rattana Pattanasophon, from the 32nd regiment base, is leading a mission to rescue 64-year-old Ka Akkara.
The deceased are Tuy, 47; Kabkaew, 57; Thanakorn, 33; Kamolrat, 34; Naticha, 21; Charinrat,10; and Charinrat Akkara, 3.