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13 November 2010 :: 13:11:30 pm 45855

Stage Collapse at ‘Wonderful Phang-Nga Fair’ Panics Audience

The almost catastrophic collapse of the stage at ‘Wonderful Phang-Nga Fair’ caused panic and mayhem amongst the audience. Luckily, no one was injured but organisers will have to improve safety to reassure visitors and locals.
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Pattaya, 13 November 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: On the evening of November 12, 2010, the annual “Wonderful Life, Wonderful Town, Wonderful Phang-Nga Fair” started at the Khaolak Center, Keukkuk, Takuapah, Phang-Nga Province. Mr. Thamrong Jarernkul, the Phang-Nga Governor was invited to make a speech as the president of the fair. More than 30 highly placed government officials were standing behind the governor on the stage, when the stage suddenly collapsed. Those on the stage were thrown to the ground, and some tried to run away or jumped down from the stage. The accident happened while it was raining. Luckily nobody suffered any serious injuries.

In the grounds, over 1,000 tourists and locals who attended the fair were shocked to see the accident and fled from the area. The fair immediately closed down. The police attempted to quell the mayhem, by facilitating the exit of the panicking crowd. After the accident occurred, the traffic suffered log jams for hours because the roads around Khaolak, had already been blocked off for the fair to prevent accidents.

An initial investigation indicated that the stage was inadequately built. When it rained hard, the roof could not handle the weight and fell down, pulling down the poles and the whole stage with it.

Phang-Nga is famed for its beauty and as one of the best Thai tourist destinations. Phang-Nga has also promoted its image as a friendly environment. The locale provides numerous water sport activities such as diving at the popular islands of Surin and Similun, in Phang-Nga Bay, at Little Amazon, and Community Base Tourism etc.

Tourists from around the world increasingly visit Phang-Nga each year. The majority of them are Scandinavians, German and European. Phang-Nga has more than 6,000 hotel rooms.

The annual Wonderful Phang-Nga Fair is held between 12 – 14 November. It has many booths selling local products, and restaurants and shows from Thai popular stars and artists, as well as Thai classical dancing, typical Muay Thai – Thai boxing – and shows from local students and several contests.

The fair management team expect to continue to promote and welcome the High-Season back again. At the press conference in October, the fair committee said they estimated 1.5 million visitors would visit Phang-Nga in 2011 and more than 30,000 million baht would be generated in the High-Season. That is if they can live down the near catastrophe!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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