Heavy rains keep Tham Luang caves closed for now

Since July 1, the national park has been closed, and it was supposed to open again on October 1.

But the head of the national park, Rungsaran Banluesakchai, said that heavy rains had made Tham Luang Cave

and Khun Nam Morakot Pond unsafe for tourists because they were flooded.  

She said, "Because of this, the national park will be closed to visitors at least until October 15."

People can still get in touch with the national park as usual. In June 2018,

rising water in the cave system trapped 12 members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach. For 17 days,

the whole world watched as an elaborate international rescue mission took place.

Chamber 1, which is 200 metres deep and leads into the cave system, was the command centre for

the rescue effort led by Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn and the Thai Navy SEALs.

Divers from around the world saved all 12 boys and their coach from the cave between July 8 and 11.

Nearby, a parking lot and a tourist service centre with restrooms have been built.

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