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The death toll from the persistent stormy weather in the South has reached at least 15, including 3 Krabi villagers who were swept away in a mudslide. 

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Krabi mudslides kill 3 villagers

Death toll from southern storms and floods hits 15


At least 3 people have been killed and six others are reported missing as mudslides swept away villages and heightened the southern flooding crisis. The overall death toll has risen to at least 15.

Mountain run-off and landslides hit villages in tambon Na Khao in Krabi's Khao Phanom district yesterday and washed away up to 50 homes, provincial governor Prasit Osathanont said.

Hours after the landslides struck, rescue workers were still sifting through the mud in a desperate search for other victims.

Earlier it was reported that as many as 200 villagers were missing, but Mr Prasit said rescue workers who struggled to reach the devastated villages had confirmed that so far only three bodies had been found. About 300-400 people lived in the areas hit by the landslides.

News of the disaster came as 12 people were earlier confirmed dead in the heavy floods that have hit eight southern provinces.

The eight provinces are Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phangnga.

Seven victims were confirmed dead in Nakhon Si Thammarat, four in Surat Thani and one in Phatthalung.

A man walks past debris and a damaged home in tambon Na Khao of Krabi yesterday following a landslide triggered by persistent heavy downpours in the South.

It was in Krabi where the floods exacted their highest toll yesterday, as mudslides and mountain runoff descended on villages, washing away residents and their homes.

The worst-hit areas were Moo 6 of Ban Huay Kaew, Moo 7 of Ban Ton Harn, and Moo 10 of Ban Khlong Haeng where some 40-50 houses were buried in mud. Supoj Chanakij, chief of Khao Phanom district, said Moo 7 was the worst hit.

"It was the first village to be hit by runoff from Phanom Bencha mountain. The torrent was so fierce, it swept away houses," he said.

Mr Supoj said the death toll could go higher.

"It happened so fast. The villagers were caught off guard," he said.

The bodies of the victims were moved to Khao Phanom temple while survivors were evacuated to temporary shelters set up at several temples.

A villager who was identified only as Winai said run-off from the mountain started sweeping in on Tuesday morning.

"When I was watching the flood, I heard a loud noise coming from the mountain and the water rushed down and swallowed whole houses.

"I managed to flee with my mother and my wife. Our relatives were trapped and their houses covered with mud," he said.

Santi Yuttanant, director of Khao Phanom Hospital, said 39 people had sought medical treatment. Seven were critical. He said villagers were traumatised by the disaster.

"Two children told me their parents were swept away in front of their eyes," he said.

Several areas were still inaccessible, with supplies of fresh water, food and electricity running low.

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mudslide – a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
death toll – the number of people killed ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
sweep away – to destroy or to completely remove something พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
crisis – an urgent, difficult or dangerous situation  วิกฤตการณ์
overall – total; including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; general  ทั้งหมด
run-off – rain, water or other liquid that runs off land into streams and rivers น้ำหลาก
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
rescue worker – a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
sift – to look carefully through something ค้นหา
desperate – in an extreme or worried way อย่างเต็มที่
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as an illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
devastated – badly damaged or destroyed ถูกทำลายล้าง
disaster – something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage or kills a lot of people  ความหายนะ  ภัยพิบัติ
debris – broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed  เศษ ซากปรักหักพัง  ซากสิ่งของที่ถูกทำลาย
trigger – to cause ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
persistent – continuing อย่างต่อเนื่อง
downpour – a lot of rain in a short time ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
exact – to make something bad happen to somebody
descend – to go down ลงมา
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
buried – covered completely by something ฝัง
torrent – a large amount of water or mud flowing rapidly and violently กระแสน้ำเชี่ยว,การไหลพุ่
fierce – very strong รุนแรง, ดุเดือด
caught off guard – to be surprised by something unexpected เผลอ
survivor – someone or something that still exists after and event that could have killed or destroyed them ผู้รอดชีวิต
evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
temporary – done or used for only a limited period of time ชั่วคราว
shelter – a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay ที่หลบภัย  ที่พักชั่วคราว
identified – named  ระบุชื่อ
swallow – to take somebody/something in or completely cover it so that they cannot be seen or no longer exist separately ท่วมท้น, ดูดกลืน
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
trapped – to be in a dangerous or unpleasant situation from which it is difficult or impossible to escape ถูกกับดัก
sought (past tense of seek) – asked for something, or to tried to get something พยายามได้มา
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา
critical (condition) – very seriously ill or injured and might die อาการหนัก
traumatised – very upset, afraid, or shocked because of a bad experience ได้รับความบอบช้ำทางจิตใจ
inaccessible – difficult or impossible to reach ซึ่งเข้าไม่ถึง

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