August 18, 1993 |
Army officers at a collapsed hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima said that volunteer rescuers' reports that five women had been found alive in the debris turned out to be false. The volunteers told reporters a day earlier that they had tunneled their way through the rubble to the women. Officials said misunderstood radio messages and confusion among the rescue teams led to the false report.
August 17, 1993 |
Hours after giving up hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers late Monday discovered five women alive three days after they were trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel. Working under floodlights, rescue teams dug a tunnel to the women through concrete and steel. But they were unable to free the women, two of whom were described as very weak. The women were given food, water and soft drinks, and oxygen was pumped into the tunnel through plastic tubes.
August 19, 1993 |
Volunteer rescuers may have made up reports about survivors trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima so they could continue looting bodies, the provincial police chief said. Residents near the Royal Plaza Hotel told police that some rescue workers stripped jewelry and other valuables from the dead before removing them from the debris. Thus far, 114 bodies have been retrieved from the rubble of the six-story hotel, which collapsed Friday.
January 1, 1988
Fire raced through a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where revelers were celebrating New Year's, and at least eight people were killed, four of them foreigners, officials and witnesses said. The blaze engulfed the First Hotel in Bangkok at about 4:15 a.m., said Pairoj Chiravanpan, a public relations officer at the fire department.
August 14, 1993 |
A six-story hotel where hundreds of people from around the world were attending conferences came crashing down Friday. At least 43 people died, including an American soldier, and about 350 were injured. Crews worked into the morning hours looking for dozens trapped under the rubble of the Royal Plaza Hotel in Korat, a provincial capital and commercial center about 130 miles northeast of Bangkok. Air was pumped into the debris.
December 27, 2005 |
Survivors wept and prayed at mass graves and beachside memorials Monday to mark one year since a tsunami crashed into a dozen nations on the Indian Ocean, sweeping away more than 200,000 lives. There were mass prayers at mosques in Indonesia's shattered Aceh province, hundreds of survivors gathering in Thailand and even candlelight vigils in distant Stockholm. Survivors relived the awe they felt when walls of water churned inland for miles, carrying people, trees, houses and train cars.