31 Mar '11, 8am

Thai troops joined the search for victims of deadly mudslides that engulfed homes in the flood-hit south

Thai troops joined the search for victims of deadly mudslides that engulfed homes in the flood-hit south

Efforts to reach trapped visitors appeared to be making headway on Thursday as flights to Koh Samui returned to normal and the country's only aircraft carrier, Chakri Naruebet, joined the rescue effort. -- PHOTO: AP BANGKOK - THAI troops joined the search for victims of deadly mudslides that engulfed homes in the flood-hit south, officials said on Thursday, as naval boats rescued hundreds of tourists stuck on holiday islands. At least 15 people have died after unseasonably wet weather deluged the homes and businesses of around a million people in what should be one of the hottest months of the year. Around 150 troops with sniffer dogs moved in to search for the dead and missing in the southern province of Krabi after a mudslide, army spokesman Colonel Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said, as at least two people were confirmed killed. Over a week of rain has swept floodwaters across th...

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