Gov Maitree said that rescue teams entered some areas of the site yesterday afternoon for the first time and had not found any bodies.
Before rescue teams can enter an area, it must first be checked it is safe. Some areas are still out of bounds because the fire is still going, or the burnt building structure has not been deemed secure.
Rescue teams are made up of around 200 workers, including from the Phuket Kusoldharm and other rescue teams from Surat Thani, Krabi and Phang Nga.
Kusoldharm rescue leader in charge of the SuperCheap situation, Suntharn Sa-Nguannam, told The Phuket News that some areas were given approval for checking at 4.30pm yesterday, then rescue workers entered the site.
“We found nothing. Today, we will do as much as possible but it depends on the permission from the police about whether we can get into certain areas. The search started at 9am today.”
Gov Maitree told those at the meeting that if SuperCheap wasn’t able to keep the staff on, organisations would help find new jobs for them.
“If the employees don’t want to wait, they can go to the Employment Office for help with finding a new job.”
Gov Maitree said there might also be the option to work at one of the island’s many SuperCheap mini marts.
Employees may be eligible for payment in the interim, but it has not been confirmed if they are legally entitled to anything.
Around 60 staff from the Phuket Provincial Public Health office have started delivering masks and first aid kits to people living in nearby villages and checking people are not affected by the smoke which is still coming from the site.
Gov Maitree said SuperCheap, which was one of the island’s largest suppliers of goods and produce, not being around would have an impact on the economy.
“But Phuket has many fresh markets, and some buy their supplies directly from Rachaburi or Surat Thani, so there’s an alternative.”