VIDEO: This Week's Top Stories August 5

This week: airport accident, pub fire, flyover collapse and bikini request

VIDEO: This Week's Top Stories August 5
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VIDEO: This Week's Top Stories August 5

published : 5 Aug 2022 at 11:28

writer: Gary Boyle

This week: airport accident, pub fire, flyover collapse and bikini request

Chiang Rai airport accident

Chiang Rai's Mae Fah Luang international airport reopened today, six days after a Nok Air flight slid off the runway while landing in heavy rain.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

Passengers were kept in the cabin for around an hour, in the dark and with no air conditioning, until they were allowed to leave via a slide from an emergency exit.

Nok Air responded to passenger complaints, saying the pilot kept them in the plane for safety reasons, adding that there could have been dangerous animals outside the aircraft.

Efforts to remove the damaged plane were hampered by storms.

Pub fire kills 13

At least 13 people were killed and more than 40 others injured when a fire broke out at a pub in Chon Buri in the early hours of this morning.

The blaze started about 1am as people were packed in Mountain B pub in Sattahip.

Footage showed people running for safety and screaming following the blaze, and some were seen running with their bodies engulfed in flames.

News reports said nine men and four women died in the fire. Rescuers reported that 41 people were injured.

Police said all victims up to now were Thai nationals.

U-turn bridge collapse kills two

Two people were killed and two injured when a beam fell from a U-turn flyover onto the Rama II Highway in Samut Sakhon.

The concrete beam, about 10 metres long and weighing about five tonnes, together with its concrete rail guard. fell onto three vehicles passing underneath the flyover.

More lanes were closed on Rama II Road on Wednesday, to allow the removal of more loose-hanging concrete slabs from a flyover bridge.

Local highway officials said there were marks on the concrete showing a tall vehicle had hit the bridge.

Navy says no to bikinis

The Thai navy were busy this week protecting civilians from the threat of bikini-wearing beachgoers.

A Facebook post on the "Quotidien de Thailande" account showed a photo of a "No Bikini" sign on Koh Samae San, off Chon Buri province.

The island is navy territory.

A spokesman said the navy does not prohibit women wearing bikinis on its beaches but asks visitors for their cooperation in not doing so, out of respect for Thai culture.

The signs were being removed and would be replaced with new ones to create a better understanding of the navy's intention to encourage a conservative form of tourism.

Vocabulary

  • beam: a long thick piece of metal, concrete, wood, etc. especially used to support weight in a building or other structure - คานรับน้ำหนัก
  • blaze: a fire - เพลิง
  • cabin: the area where passengers sit in an aircraft - ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
  • civilians (noun): people who are not members of the police or armed forces or government agencies - พลเรือน
  • collapse: a situation in which something fails or stops existing - การพังทลาย
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • concrete: a hard substance used in building made by mixing cement, sand, small stones, and water - คอนกรีต
  • conservative: opposed to great or sudden social change; showing that you prefer traditional styles and values - ที่เป็นอนุรักษ์นิยม
  • engulfed: covered or surrounded by something harmful, in this case, fire - ปกคลุม
  • flyover: a bridge that carries one road over another one - สะพานลอยที่ให้รถวิ่ง
  • hamper: to stop someone or something from making progress or developing; to hinder - ขัดขวาง, เป็นอุปสรรค
  • injury (noun): physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
  • national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
  • prohibit: to not allow; to ban - ห้าม
  • slab: a large flat piece of something or a large flat surface - แผ่นหนา
  • slide (past form: slid): to move easily over a smooth or wet surface; to make something move in this way - ลื่น
  • territory: an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army - อาณาบริเวณ  อาณาเขตประเทศ
  • threat: a danger - อันตราย
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