A two-storey hotel at a beach resort on Thailand’s Ko Chang island partly collapsed over the weekend, burying several families, according to local police. In Bali meanwhile, a freak wave roared ashore and swept holidaymakers away.
The hotel collapse occurred on Saturday, with local police saying at least one foreign tourist had died and seven remained trapped, including a two-year-old child.
Koh Chang police chief, Police Colonel Arwat Pibulsawat, told The Nation newspaper a two-year-old child was among the trapped tourists.
Russian news site RT.com described the Siam Beach Hotel is a popular property for tourists on the island. Thailand attracts many Russian tourists. Social media reports suggested torrential rains had led to the collapse. A brief clip on YouTube showed rescue workers at the scene.
In Bali, meanwhile, a freak wave roared up the beach at the Balinese island of Nusa Penida, washing several holidaymakers out to sea, including an Australian couple.
Nine News reported that Brad and Lestari Williams, from Perth, were among a group of people swept out to sea. Williams and two others made it back to shore but his wife and her eight-year-old sister were swept away.
Lestari Williams’ body was washed up on another beach 24 hours later and her sister is still missing, the news outlet reported.
Written by Peter Needham