Thailand’s south is bracing for the country’s most powerful tropical storm in decades, which is expected to disrupt oil and gas production and force thousands of international tourists to flee its beaches and islands. The affected areas include Phuket, Krabi, and Surat Thani, where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao — among the country’s most popular destinations — sit just off the coast. The storm has disrupted the peak period for the Thai tourism industry, which makes up about a quarter of the economy.
Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world’s strictest drug laws. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in an extra parliamentary session handling a rush of bills before the New Year’s holidays.
Renewed calls for a ban on child kickboxing matches in Thailand arose following the death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako who died of a brain hemorrhage after fighting in a Muay Thai match near Bangkok on Saturday. The Thai parliament is reviewing legislation to ban children under 12 from participating in boxing matches.
The team of Thai boys and their football coach made their first appearance since being rescued from a flooded cave on Wednesday. The boys apologized to parents for the secret trip which ended in a dangerous ordeal. Elon Musk tweeted an apology for his comment calling a caver involved in the Thai rescue a ‘pedo.’
Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, 12 boys and their football coach have all been safely rescued from a cave in Thailand. Thailand’s Navy SEALS announced the rescue’s success on Tuesday, saying ‘everyone is safe.’ All of the boys and their football coach were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Cave divers resumed the mission to rescue the remaining eight boys and their coach trapped in a Thailand cave after four boys were brought out safely on Sunday. Elon Musk created and tested a ‘kid-size submarine’ as a potential aid in the rescue. Officials say the evacuation could take up to four days to complete.
A former Thai Navy diver died while volunteering to help rescue 12 boys and their football coach from a Thai cave. Former Sgt. Saman Kunan died from a lack of air while trying to return to a command center deep underground. Monsoon rains which could trap the football team for four months start today.
Rescuers will take no risks freeing 12 boys and their football coach who were discovered in a Thailand cave. The boys and their coach have received food, medical treatment, and telephone access to speak to their families. Rescuers must now decide whether to train the boys to dive or wait months for flooding to recede.
A group of twelve boys and their football coach have been found alive in Tham Luang Cave in Thailand but may need to wait months for flooding to recede before they can leave the cave. The group was found by a group of divers late on Monday after having been missing for nine days.
Twelve boys aged 11-16 and their soccer coach have been missing and trapped inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand for three days. Rescue efforts depend on pumping water out of the cave so divers can operate. The only sign of the boys and coach were footprints and marks left at the cave’s entrance.