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Thailand cleans up after Samet oil slick


Published on Aug 2, 2013

Remaining oil likely to be cleared in 1-2 days, according to TAT

Thailand’s Koh Samet is returning to normal following the oil slick that hit the tropical island’s west coast this week.

According to an update from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), only about 10% of the original oil spill remains in Ao Phrao (Phrao Bay), and the slick has not spread to the more popular east coast of the island, where the TAT said swimming is still possible. The nearby islands of Koh Kham, Koh Plateen and Koh Kudee are also unaffected. The tourism board added that it is likely to take another day to clean up the remaining sludge from Ao Phrao.

In the meantime, Thailand’s minister of tourism & sports, Somsak Pureesrisak, has travelled to Koh Samet where he plans to meet with local tourism operators and discuss plans to help the island’s recovery. The TAT revealed that this is likely to include “tax-cuts and marketing efforts” to help local businesses.

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