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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern over a boat explosion on the Saen Saeb Canal in Bangkok on Saturday. The powerful explosion took place on a river taxi shuttling service between Wat Sribunruang temple and Pratunam in Klong Saenseap, it left 58 passengers injured, two seriously.
Initial reports suggest that the explosion was caused by a gas leak. A witness saw smoke and smelled gas as the rear of the boat. The Government have now confirmed the explosion as an ‘incident’ and not a deliberate act caused by someone.
The Prime Minister has voiced his concerns over the incident and has urged all related authorities to prevent similar incidents by taking precautionary measures and to ensure that all public vehicles are in good condition.
Since the blast the Family Transport Co. suspended 72 commuter boats while experts examined how the leak occurred. Of the 72 boats owned by the company 30 of them as gas powered. The suspension on service took place from the 5th to the 6th of March. The Family Transport Co. has now decided to stop using liquefied natural gas in response to the incident and have pledged to take full responsibility for all of the injured passengers. The Marine Department and police are tasked with taking legal action against them. The company expects to resume normal services shortly.
Most of the injured are now back at home. 20 patients continue to receive treatment at various hospitals around the city. Six patients are being treated in intensive care.