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Voices from the ruins

Survivors and their relatives tell of how their lives changed after the Pathum Thani building collapse last week, which resulted in 14 deaths despite desperate rescue efforts

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  • Writer: Jitsiree Thongnoi
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Boonmee Potame was resting on her back on Monday evening after work when her phone rang. She did not want to answer because it was a stranger's number. Eventually she did, and a doctor from Pathum Thani hospital told her that her daughter Mim had been rescued from a collapsed building and was in serious condition. “How serious?” she asked. “You’d better come and see her,” was the doctor’s answer. 

A vehicle was provided by her employer in Chon Buri province where she works a construction job during the farming off-season. She arrived at Pathum Thani hospital around midnight. Ms Boonmee desperately wanted to talk to her daughter but she was in the Intensive Care Unit and unconscious.

She learned that night that Mim was three months pregnant. She also learned Mim’s husband Thawatchai Suksom, another construction worker at the collapsed U-Place Condominium building site, had died in the tragedy.

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