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Yesterday Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut announced from Phuket Provincial Hall that no bodies were found when rescue teams entered the site of the the SuperCheap building that was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.
The rescue teams are made up of around 200 workers from Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi and Phang Naga. They are still unable to enter some areas of the property that are still burning and some areas where the burnt building structure has not been deemed secure.
Kusoldharm rescue leader in charge of the SuperCheap situation, Suntharn Sa-Nguannam, told The Phuket News that some areas were given approval for checking at 4.30pm yesterday, then rescue workers entered the site.
“We found nothing. Today, we will do as much as possible but it depends on the permission from the police about whether we can get into certain areas. The search started at 9am today.”
Gov Maitree told those at the meeting that if SuperCheap wasn’t able to keep the staff on, organisations would help find new jobs for them, although some may be able to work at one of the other branches on the island.
“If the employees don’t want to wait, they can go to the Employment Office for help with finding a new job.” Employees may be eligible for payment in the interim, but it has not been confirmed if they are legally entitled to anything.
Around 60 staff from the Phuket Provincial Public Health office have started delivering masks and first aid kits to people living in nearby villages and checking people are not affected by the smoke which is still coming from the site.
Gov Maitree said SuperCheap, which was one of the island’s largest suppliers of goods and produce, not being around would have an impact on the economy.
However at 5am today SuperCheap re-opened on a lot nearby the burned rubble of its main building and began selling fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. They have set up tents and taps to create a temporary supermarket on the Prachasamakee Road in the field net to their warehouse. The stalls are being manned by the SuperCheap employees who are just happy that they still have jobs.