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KORAT (AFP): Thai army experts today entered the smoking ruins of a badly damaged ammunition dump to search for victims of yesterday’s massive explosions that are thought to have killed at least 13 people and injured 80. The warehouse complex in Pak Chong District was torn apart yesterday when a truck overturned, setting off a deadly chain reaction that engulfed a large part of the complex. Blasts rocked the area for the entire day and into the night, shaking the ground for kilometers around and sending fireballs and plumes of black smoke high into the sky. Local Mayor Komkrit Limpanyalert said some 28 army ordnance experts were able to enter the ammunition store after the explosions died down during the night and it was decided that the site was relatively safe. “It’s likely that it will take several hours before we know how many soldiers died at the blast site,” he said, adding that the army officers would also attempt to recover victims’ bodies. Among the dead were said to be 12 soldiers from the complex, as well as a 70-year-old resident of a nearby village who suffered a heart attack during the explosions. Deputy Public Health Minister Surapong Suebwonglee said, after an inspection of two local hospitals, that 80 people had been injured, and that seven were in a serious condition. Army Commander Gen Surayud Chulanont yesterday attributed the blast to mishandling of ageing and unstable weapons and ammunition, which had been seized from the area along the Cambodian border, and which had been brought to Pak Chong for destruction. He said that the army would set up a inquiry to examine the cause of the blast, which destroyed seven of the 45 warehouses in the complex. Some of the tens of thousands of people who fled their homes at the height of the explosions began trickling back today to check on the damage, but many were still fearful of more blasts. Euem Donpadoor, a 49-year-old food vendor, said, “I’m afraid. I don’t believe that the bombs are gone from this area. I don’t think this area is safe.” Returning villagers were warned to cover their faces with damp cloths against the fumes that drifted over the region, and not to drink from local waterways, which might be contaminated. The Public Welfare Department has announced that it will pay 12,000 baht compensation for each death, with an additional 25,000 baht if the victim was the head of a family. In addition, residents whose homes were destroyed will be paid 25,000 baht, while evacuated villagers will be paid 2,000 baht for the inconvenience.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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