Search for missing Mae Hong Son flashflood victims continues


Bangkok – Officials are working around the clock searching for four people who are missing in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son province after a devastating flashflood and mudslides hit the area.

A 30-member rescue team comprised of soldiers, park rangers, and volunteers is traveling on boats to try and find the missing persons after mudslides swept Mae La Oon refugee shelter in Sop Moei district, close to the Myanmar border. The facility houses about 13,000 refugees, mostly ethnic Karen from Myanmar.

Triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut, the flood and landslides hit the shelter on September 16. Seven houses were completely destroyed and six others were damaged.

Apart from the four unaccounted for individuals, the injured are recovering at various hospitals in the province.