The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Sunday ordered temporary suspension of train services to the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat after a bomb exploded on a train track in Pattani’s Khok Pho district.
Manop Muenpreecha, chief of Narathiwat’s Tanyongmas train station, said the station would lose revenue of at least Bt30,000 per day due to the train service suspension.
Travelling by train is a regular mode of transportation for the residents here, but now parents would have to rent a car to take their children to school, he said.
Yala train station, which usually serves around 3,000 passengers a day, wore a deserted look on Sunday.
The bomb attack, which took place on Saturday evening, killed one railway official and wounded three others.
The blast led to the derailment of the train and the rear carriage was severely damaged. The local train was leaving Sungai Kolok district in Narathiwat and heading for Hat Yai in Songkhla province when the explosion happened.