Rescue workers pulled more bodies from mountain villages buried under tons of mud and illegally cut trees Friday, raising the death toll from flooding in Thailand and Malaysia to at least 222 people.
Another 400 people were missing and feared dead as the stench of decaying bodies permeated a sea of mud and logs that buried mountain villages in southern Thailand."I don't know what the final death toll will be, but the figure must be very high," said Col. Banchon Chavansil, spokesman for Thailand Fourth Army Region, which covers the flood-stricken southern provinces.
"Bodies keep coming in all the time," said Banchon. More than 1,000 soldiers were assisting civilian authorities in rescue operations.