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Thai cave rescue: Evacuation likely today as rains draw on

Jul 05, 2018, 7:26 AM EDT
Rescue efforts are underway at unrelenting pace in northern Thailand.
(Source: www.newzimbabwe.com)

The provincial governor of Chiang Rai, the Thai state where 12 boys and their coach are trapped in a cave for 12 days, said the Navy SEALs could be forced to extract the group out today before impending monsoon showers flood the cavern, further complicating the rescue.

The authorities have been racing against time, siphoning off about 128 million liters of water from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves, but a narrow passage leading up to the chamber where the team is hemmed in continues to be flooded, leaving no option for the boys but to dive out, reports Independent.

Despite extremely testing conditions, sweltering heat and squelchy muddy site, the rescuers and volunteers have been working day and night at unrelenting pace, notes the BBC. Supplies are being ferried to the group for the eventuality that may be stuck in the cave for four months before water recedes in the underground networks.