Thailand: Flood kills 8 tourists, 1 missing

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Bangkok, Oct 14: At least eight people, six of them foreign tourists, were killed in a flash flood in southern Thailand, sources said today.

The sudden flooding of Nam Talu cave in Khao Sok national park of Ban Ta Khun district killed two Thai guides and at least six German tourists - three of them children while rescuers searched for the seventh German tourist, Bangkok Post reported.

The seven Germans and two Thai guides took a boat ride from the Ratchaprapha dam to the cave yesterday. But heavy rainfalls flooded the area inside the cave, drowning at least six of the tourists and two Thai guides.

''We are still optimistic that the two missing tourists are still alive since we probably would have discovered their bodies by now had they drowned,'' park Deputy Chief Thirayudh Munagpaisan said.


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