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Villagers in Ban Klong Leng in Nakhon Si Thammarat tell frightening stories of last Thursdays landslide. 

Manote Kullatan, 50, of Ban Klong Leng in Nakhon Si Thammarat, woke up last Thursday to find his house surrounded by mud, rocks and tree roots brought down the mountain by a landslide. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD


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Landslide shock

No one in the mountain village of Ban Klong Leng in Nakorn Si Thammarat’s  Khanom district will forget what happened last Thursday morning.

Sroy Kareesan, 57, a rubber farmer, says she was awoken by crashing sounds at 5.30am. She opened the door and saw huge amounts of mud and rocks rolling down the hillside. She watched the landslide in fear with her husband and described the incident as the worst of their lives.

Villager Manote Kullatan, 50, said he heard a loud trembling noise. When he opened his door to investigate, he found piles of mud and uprooted trees near his home.

Veerapong Kuesakul, 31, said he and six other family members were at home when they heard the thunderous noises.

The family was initially too scared to investigate, but later that morning they found their village had been covered by mud.

Three rai of Mr Veerapong's fruit and rubber plantations were damaged, with only two durian trees remaining.

Thursday's landslide was triggered by days of heavy rains and was 15 to 20 metres wide over a 7km stretch. The landslide damaged many houses and more than 300 rai of rubber plantations in Ban Klong Leng.

Village head Sunthorn Khanom, 47, said it was the first such disaster he had witnessed. The landslide sent large rocks tumbling on to a road, into public waterways and on to several hillside houses.

Veera Kareesan, 59, said he and his wife ran for their lives when they saw flood waters and mud near their home. But they were unable to find a safe area and eventually returned home.

Mr Veera said his rubber plantation was damaged and 30 sacks of rice were destroyed.

Mr Veera said his family did not want to risk their lives by staying in the area. He would sell his house and move somewhere else. Other villagers have expressed similar plans.

Adapted from a story by Chaiwat Satyaem in today's Bangkok Post.

landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
awake – to wake up, or to wake someone up from sleep ปลุก, ทำให้ตื่น
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
tremble – to shake กระเทือน, สั่น, สั่นสะเทือน
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
pile – objects positioned one on top of another กอง
uproot – to pull a whole tree or plant from the ground, including all the roots that grow in the soil ถอนต้นไม้, ถอนราก
thunderous – very loud ดังสนั่น,มีเสียงกังวาน
initially – at first ในระยะต้น
scared – frightened, or worried ตระหนก, ตกใจ, หวาด, ผวา
plantation – a large farm where crops such as rubber, tea, coffee, cotton or sugar are grown ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
trigger – to cause ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
stretch – a continuous area of land or water
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage  ความหายนะ
witness – to see something happen – มองเห็น, เป็นพยาน
tumble – to fall down ล้ม,ล้มลง,ตกลง,หกคะเมน
run for your life – to run quickly to escape begin killed
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
sack – a large strong bag for storing and carrying things กระสอบ, ถุงขนาดใหญ่
risk – to cause to be in a dangerous situation เสี่ยงอันตราย
express – to tell someone about a feeling, opinion, or aim by speaking or writing about it แสดงออก (ทางความคิดหรือความรู้สึก) โดยใช้คำพูดหรือการเขียน, พูดออกมา

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