The Star Late Edition

In hot water over dam prophecy


BANGKOK: Thai police have summoned a 73-year-old man to face charges of causing public harm by publicisin­g a prophecy that one of the country’s largest dams would burst on New Year’s Eve, reports said yesterday.

Police in Tak province gave Thongbai Khamsi until January 10 to acknowledg­e the charge or face arrest, the Bangkok Post reported.

Thongbai last month informed local media of a prophecy made by his son, a purported five-year-old psychic, that the Bhumibol Dam would burst on December 31, 2011. It did not. The boy made the prophecy 37 years ago, shortly before his death. Provincial officials said the false prediction caused a drop of 90 percent in tourist arrivals to Tak during the holiday season. – Sapa-dpa

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