A devastating tsunami that hit Thailand on Wednesday left dozens of tourist attractions completely destroyed.
The death toll from the 7.9-magnitude (25-foot) wave that ripped through the country’s southern coast reached at least 10 people, including two tourists and a fisherman, as rescue efforts continued.
A tsunami warning was issued for the capital, Bangkok, with tsunami alerts in the northern and central provinces.
At least 17 people have been killed in the eastern provinces of Pattani and Pattani-Buddhist province, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management.
Tourism and tourism companies in the country were ordered to suspend operations for at least 24 hours and to ensure that all facilities and equipment are checked for tsunami damage.
In a statement, Thailand’s ministry of tourism said it was taking all measures to protect the tourist industry and the safety of all visitors.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said a total of 2,500 tourists and their staff had been rescued from the waves, including 400 foreigners, according an NDMA statement.
It said a number of commercial and cultural sites had been evacuated and the toll from fatalities was at least 20.
Thailand has been hit by three major tsunami events in recent years, which have resulted in a devastating surge in tourists.
In October 2016, a massive tsunami struck the island nation of Pattaya, killing at least 15 people.
In March this year, a wave hit the coastal resort of Koh Samui, killing more than 100 people.
In August, an earthquake struck the south of the country, which killed at least 50 people.