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Tourists: Call 1567 if you think your hotel might collapse

Tourists who suspect buildings are at risk have been urged to call 1567 after a hotel collapsed in Koh Chang killing a Thai woman visitor and injuring several others on Sunday.

hotel collapse hotlineHotel operators have been asked to check their buildings and visitors urged by the provincial administration to report buildings at risk to the Damrongtham watchdog who will inspect reported Thairath. This was announced as the Trat governor visited several injured people in hospital.

The dead woman has been named as Miss Kachakorn Thammajak, 36. Relatives have now been informed.

It has also emerged that two Chinese tourists had a very lucky escape. They were registered as guests but were not in the building at the time it fell down.

Governor Chaina Iamsaeng visiting Trat hospital has called for a full investigation to be conducted by engineers and relevant police departments.

He met with three victims: Pairot Wiriyarak,54, and his wife Walee Sunthornsan, 37, and their son Ree-ong, 3, who suffered a broken leg. All were out of danger with Walee suffering the worst injuries after her hip was crushed. She was allowed to join her son and husband after doctors treated her.

Also in Bangkok Trat Hospital are Thattanat Wiriyabut, 39, with injuries to both feet and Joranee Pandorkmai, 34, who suffered a dislocated left arm and injuries to her lower back. Both are out of danger.

Two young Chinese tourists were counting their luck – Mr Lin Hua Tao and Miss Wen Xu, both 26 were both out at the time. Tourist police helped them get to Trat bus station where they boarded transport to Bangkok. They will leave Thailand tomorrow. The hotel paid them an unspecified compensation for damaged items promising to send other property of theirs on to China later.

Investigators are looking into the construction of the building and the state of the land it stood on. A small decorative section of water in front of the building that had been dug by the hotel and was usually partially filled with sea water, had completely filled up with rainwater. Initial investigations showed that the building had the necessary planning permission and had not had any extensions.

The Trat provincial authority urged hotel operators to inspect their properties and tourists who suspect that buildings might be at risk should contact the government’s Damrongtham center or use their hotline number to register concerns.

ThaiRath

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