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Hanoi (VNA) – Thai media reported on July 29 that eight people have been killed after a landslide hit Baan Huay Khab village in the northern Thai province of Nan a day earlier.

The victims include two male adults, four women and two young girls. All of 200 local residents have been evacuated to nearby temporary shelter.

Officers have been deployed to block people from going back due to bad weather conditions and risk of another landslide.

Staff of the Geology Department will be sent to Baan Huay Khab to study the soil samples to determine the cause of the landslide and to find out what could be done to prevent a repeat of the natural disaster.

The landslide occurred on July 28 morning. Soil loosened by heavy rains rushed down a nearby slope, burying the community in mud up to 10 metres deep in some areas.

Officials remain on full alert as cracks have been found for a distance of 200 metres on the mountain above the community. This raised concern that there might be a new round of mudslides.-VNA