Bomb Blast in Central Bangkok
<Written on August 17, 8:30 PM, so some information might be outdated by the time you read this post, but has been written for all BKK-ers out there>
- A bomb went off in Ratchaprasong, the commercial hub of Bangkok.
- The explosion took place near the Erawan Shrine, a very popular tourist destination (for both foreigners and locals).
- The scene is littered with damaged motorbikes, broken glass, and dead bodies.
- So far, at least 18 people have been reported dead (4 of whom are foreigners) and 117 people injured, most of whom are tourists. Previous records mention 27 dead, but this was a social media rumor.
- At least 45 vehicles have been damaged by the blast.
- A bomb was found attached to a pole in front of the shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection, one of Bangkok's busiest intersections, at 7:10 PM.
- A second bomb was found and was being handled with by the city's bomb squad at 8 PM.
- Currently, the BTS is operational, but many skywalks have been closed.
- All schools, financial institutions, and government offices are allowed to be OPEN tomorrow. However, at 9:40 PM, some schools announced that they would still be closed the next day despite reports.
- At 9 PM, the Thai government announced that it would not declare a state of emergency in the city and that citizens should carry on as per usual.
- Click here for a constantly updating timeline by BBC of what's happening in Bangkok.