An international team of rescuers are racing against the weather to bring out the last four boys and their coach, trapped in a cave for 17 days. Read the latest news here

Last night, Gen Buncha Duriyaphan, an army commander involved in this rescue operation, said he had been asking the god of rain for three days’ reprieve to get the boys out.

They appear to have been granted two.

It 6.50am here in Chiang Rai and it bucketed down rain overnight. Authorities said yesterday that heavy storms on Sunday night didn’t hamper Thai cave rescue efforts. Let’s hope it’s the same case today. @SBSNews


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There are reports that the Chiang Rai city hospital will provide an update shortly on the health of the eight boys already freed.

In the meantime here are some numbers, put together by the Australian Associated Press (and so are a bit Australia-focussed but I’ll work on getting some stats about other countries’ involvement):

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