CHIANG RAI, Thailand July 12 (NNN-Bernama)Thailand's Department of Natural Parks has announced a six-month closure of Tham Luang in Chiang Rai for restoration of the ecology system in a wake of the weeks-long rescue mission for the young football players and their coach, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Deputy Director-General of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Jongklai Worapongsatorn, said the rescue site will be rehabilitated to bring the environment back to normal. Officials have removed equipment from the cave. However, some need to be left inside due to high level of flood water.
The rehabilitation is likely to take six months to one year. The plan has been submitted to the minister of Environment and Natural Resources, he said.
The work will be done under supervision of cave experts, officials from the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Groundwater Resources.
The dike system will be removed immediately and three shafts, drilled on the mountainside will be filled.
The zoning of the cave area will be designated and the water level monitoring system will be installed for flood warning in the future.--NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM News Network