file photo : Royal Plaza Hotel , Nakhon Ratchasima
file photo : Royal Plaza Hotel , Nakhon Ratchasima

Hotel collapse victims remembered 24 years on

Breaking News August 13, 2017 16:52

By Kasem Chanathinat
The Nation

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Survivors of the Royal Plaza Hotel tragedy came together on Sunday to make merit to those who died during the collapse of the building 24 years ago.

Most of the victims were government teachers attending a seminar at the hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima on August 13, 1993. 

The collapse killed 137 people and injured 300. 

“I still remember vividly what happened that day,” said Chavalit Tantaseraneewat, a former inspector general with the General Education Department. 

Chavalit, who lost his right leg in the incident, blames substandard construction for the collapse. 

“I hope hotel operators and construction-supervising engineers will all work hard and strictly uphold their ethics so that no such tragedy ever takes place again,” he said. 


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