Missing 5-year old girl found dead

Rescue workers from Petchkasem-Hua Hin unit on Tuesday morning found the body of a five-year old girl who went missing after being washed away by strong flash flood on Petchkasem highway in Bang Saphan district of Prachuab Khiri Khan Monday night.

The victim, Patchathorn Somwang, was travelling in a passenger van with her mother, Mrs Chanpen, a resident of Nakhon Si Thammarat, on the way to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

When the van arrived at Bang Saphan intersection, run-offs cascaded down from the mountains and flooded the road, forcing the van and many other vehicles to stop. The current was so fierce that all the passengers and driver of the van were forced to leave the vehicle to take refuge on the rooftop.

During the frantic scramble to escape the strong current, the girl was swept away with all the other passengers unable to get hold of her. There were no rescue workers or police around and the road was dark as there was a blackout.

It was until Tuesday morning when rescue workers arrived to launch a search and eventually found the girl's body.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)