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Rescuers pump out water to facilitate rescue of schoolboys in Thai cave

5 July 2018

Rescuers in Thailand continued on Thursday (July 5) pumping water out of the tunnels of a flooded cave complex to help with the extraction of 12 boys and their soccer coach. But the meteorological department warned on Thursday that up to 60 percent of the country's north, including Chiang Rai, can expect heavy rain from July 7 to July 12.

The team disappeared in the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23. They were found late on Monday (July 2) after a series of dramatic search and rescue operations. But attention has now turned to how to get the group back out through several kilometres of dangerously flooded tunnels.