Landslide kills woman in Phrae

Landslide kills woman in Phrae

Rescue workers help retrieve the body of a woman killed by a landslide in a pond being dug for a tap-water plant in Muang district of Phrae on Saturday. (Photo by Taweeporn Sukkasem)
Rescue workers help retrieve the body of a woman killed by a landslide in a pond being dug for a tap-water plant in Muang district of Phrae on Saturday. (Photo by Taweeporn Sukkasem)

PHRAE: A woman was killed and seven other workers narrowly escaped injury after a landslide caused by days of heavy rain struck a construction site in Muang district on Saturday morning.

Sirikhwan Wanti, 33, was buried beneath earth and mud in a pond that was being dug for a tap-water production facility in Moo 10 of tambon Padaeng, said Pol Capt Winai Hera, a deputy investigation chief at the Phrathat Chorhae police station, who was alerted at 10am on Saturday.

The woman's body was retrieved from the pond. She had suffered severe facial bleeding and died on the spot.

The landslide occurred when Sirikwan and seven others were working inside the pond, which was 10 metres wide and three metres deep. Others were working at the edge of the pond. Suddenly, sand and mud started pouring in, and the workers rushed to climb to safety.

However, Sirikhwan was unable to escape and her body became buried in about five minutes, said Witthaya Kanka, chairman of the Padaeng tambon administration organisation.

The construction company hired to build the tap-water facility promised to compensate the family of the victim.


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