Twelve killed in Thailand as firecrackers explode at warehouse

People look at the aftermath of destroyed homes after an explosion ripped through a firework warehouse, killing twelve people and injuring more than 100, in Sungai Kolok district in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on July 29, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

Twelve people were killed and more than 100 injured when firecrackers kept in a warehouse exploded in southern Thailand, an official said on Sunday.

The firecrackers set off a fire on Saturday at an unauthorized warehouse at the Muno market in Su-ngai Kolok district in the southern province of Narathiwat bordering Malaysia, Narathiwat's Governor Sanan Phongaksorn said.

"There are 10 deaths plus the remains of two unidentified persons, which were sent for DNA checks," Sanan said.

He said 121 people were injured, two severely, while 111 had been discharged from hospital. "But there should be no more deaths."

More than 200 houses surrounding the warehouse were damaged by the explosion, affecting 365 people. Some 19 people were still staying at a shelter as several families have moved to their relatives' houses, Sanan said.

Police were investigating the cause of the incident, he said, with initial reports suggesting a welding error at the warehouse.

(Source: Reuters) 

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