Thailand‘s prime minister mentioned on Tuesday additional precautions would have be applied to safeguard vacationers who need to go to a cave the place 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped for greater than two weeks.
The search and dramatic rescue operation to retrieve the 13 from the cave within the northern province of Chiang Rai has attracted world curiosity and dominated headlines around the globe, placing the Tham Luang cave advanced firmly on the map.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned that security measures must be put in place inside and outdoors the cave.
“In future, we’ve got to watch the doorway and exit to the cave. This cave has develop into world well-known … we’ve got to put in extra lights contained in the cave and put up indicators,” Prayuth instructed reporters in Bangkok.
“It’s a harmful cave,” mentioned Prayuth, including that the cave can be closed to the general public for some time till “all the pieces is so as.” He didn’t elaborate.
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A rescue mission was launched on Sunday and 4 of the boys have been introduced out that day and 4 on Monday. Officers hope the final 4 boys and their coach will all be out on Tuesday.
The 12 boys and their soccer coach went lacking on June 23 after they have been exploring the cave after soccer apply, simply earlier than a wet season downpour flooded the advanced.
British divers discovered the 13, huddled on a muddy financial institution in a partly flooded chamber a number of kilometers contained in the advanced on Monday final week.
Guests are suggested to not enter the cave in the course of the wet season as a result of it’s recognized to be vulnerable to flooding.
Final week, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) mentioned it deliberate to advertise the Tham Luang cave as a vacationer attraction after it featured so prominently within the information.
“The cave has develop into of curiosity for each native and international vacationers,” Karuna Dechatiwong, TAT director in Chiang Rai province, instructed media.
Mountainous northern Thailand is riddled with caves.
Some have develop into locations of Buddhist worship through the years, with Buddha pictures positioned inside.
Many have by no means been explored.