October 19, 2018
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3 Dead, 6 missing after landslide in Thailand

Bangkok, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Rescue teams in Thailand were searching on Wednesday for six people who went missing after a landslide buried parts of a refugee camp and killed three people in the northwestern Mae Hong Son province.

The landslide, caused by heavy rains lashing the region for the last few days, occurred on Sunday night at a settlement of around 10,000 people, mostly refugees of the Karen community from neighboring Myanmar.

The dead were a two-year-old girl, a woman aged 50 and an unidentified man, a regional representative of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation told EFE.

The missing people include a number of minors, while 12 people were injured.

Soldiers and volunteers are helping rescue teams and heavy machinery has been pressed into action in the operation, taking place on the banks of the Yuam river, close to the border with Myanmar.

Authorities are exploring a plan to move the refugee camp to another location.

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