Woman killed in building collapse at Thai resort

Published on : Sunday, June 5, 2016

Thailand flagA building in a beach resort in eastern Thailand collapsed killing a woman and hurting five others, police said.

The five injured people in the woman’s party, all Thai, were saved several hours after the collapse of the two-story building Saturday at the Siam Beach Resort on the island of Koh Chang, said police Lt. Col. Arwat Piboonsawat.

The survivors were hospitalized in good condition.

A three-year- old boy was one of those rescued from the rubble after a rescue effort of several hours to remove the debris.

The cause of the building’s collapse was under investigation, but it occurred after a heavy rainstorm. Local media reported that officials speculated the rain might have undermined the building’s foundation.

In the latest such incident, a speedboat carrying about 30 passengers crashed into another boat late Saturday night as it was taking people back to the eastern Thailand mainland from a concert held on the island of Koh Samet.

Media reports said the passengers were taken to hospitals, but no serious injuries were reported.

Thailand’s huge tourist industry hosts almost 30 million visitors a year, but there have been increasing concerns about safety, though usually involving accidents at sea or on the roads.

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