Mudslides kill 6 in northern Thailand
Bangkok - Mudslides caused by heavy monsoon rains on Friday smashed through three villages in northern Thailand, killing at least six people, officials said.
Days of heavy rains triggered floodwaters and mudslides off nearby hills to cascade through three villages in Nam Phad district, Uttaradit province, 430km north of Bangkok, wrecking five houses, killing six and leaving one person missing, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported.
The villages were home to about 300 families, many of whom complained that they had not been warned of the floods in advance and were caught by the avalanche of mud and water while still sleeping.
A bridge leading to the district was washed away by the floodwaters.
North and north-eastern Thailand have been hard hit by unusually heavy monsoon rains, claiming up to 78 lives in 12 provinces over the past two months.
Thailand's rainy season lasts from May to October.