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Rainfall in cave area relatively light, rescue effort unaffected

Jul 10. 2018
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By The Nation

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Rainfall in the area of Tham Luang Cave in the past 24 hours has not raised water levels enough to hamper continuing rescue operations, Royal Irrigation Department officials said on Tuesday morning.

They said the latest rainfall so far had no effect on the effort because 400 officials from various agencies, including the department, had identified and blocked the main sources of water flowing into the cave.

All known channels of inflow from creeks above the cave had been diverted or blocked.

The Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute reported on its website that, as of 7am Tuesday, 7.2mm of rain had fallen in the area over 24 hours, in stark contrast to the 59.4mm that led to cave flooding on June 20.

The subterranean water level remained high when the Wild Boars football team arrived to explore the cave on June 23 and kept climbing, trapping them inside.

Floodwater was still being drained from the cave on Tuesday morning.

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