Seven Western tourists – including a ten year old German boy – are among at least nine people who have died in flash flooding after severe monsoon rains in southern Thailand. Four of the group, who had been exploring a cave deep below a national park, are reported to be Swiss, two are said to be British.
The Khao Sok national park, about 180 kilometres north of Phuket, attracts trekkers and birdwatchers from all over the world. Rescuers say a Thai guide and a boatman also died. A 17 year old girl – also believed to be Swiss – was the sole survivor, having been rescued after a 20 hour ordeal.
Police say there were signs in English and Thai warning against entering the cave during heavy rain. The monsoon rains have inundated numerous riverside villages in the south and northeast of the country in recent days. And Chiang Mai’s disaster office has alerted four districts to the possibility of flash flooding and landslides after more than 11 hours of constant torrential downpours.