Old food pavilion collapses dumping over 20 people into Samut Songkram river


PHOTO: Public Relations Department – Samut Songkhram

Rescue workers are scouring the Mae Klong River in Samut Songkram, west of Bangkok, for four missing people after an old ferryboat shelter on a river bank collapsed yesterday, plunging more than two dozen people into the water. One person has died and at least 19 others injured when the riverside food pavilion collapsed.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene pulling 23 people, some of them injured, out of the river and sent them to a local hospital.

It is thought that the pavilion was unable to withstand the weight of the large number of people and collapsed into the river. All except six did not fall into the river and sustained only minor injuries in the plunge.

The old shelter was located next to Wat Petch pier in Tambon Mae Klon, Muang district.

The Muang municipal office set up a disaster response centre at its auditorium to help victims.


Bangkok News
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