Storm Pabuk kills 3, forces over 34,000 to evacuate in Thailand

Bangkok: Tropical
Storm Pabuk has killed three people and prompted an evacuation of more than
34,000 villagers in southern Thailand, a senior government official said on
Saturday. Director General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation (DDPM) Chayaphol Thitisak said one fisherman was killed due to the
tropical storm in the sea off Pattani province, while two elderly persons were
reportedly killed in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Friday. Rescue services
said that the fisherman’s body was recovered after his boat capsized, while out
of six people on the boat, four others were saved and one was missing.

storm led to the evacuation of more than 34,000 villagers in several districts
of Nakhon Si Thammarat, the DDPM chief was cited as saying by Xinhua news
agency. The storm, that made landfall in southern Thailand on Friday, lost its
momentum on Saturday, allowing the resumption of ferry and air transport
services. It has now weakened into a depression and moved from the Gulf of
Thailand to the Andaman Sea.

Airways resumed its services after having cancelled all its operations to Samui
island airport since Friday. The airports in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat
Thani also resumed activity around midday. Eight southern provinces of Thailand
were affected by Pabuk, including Chumphorn, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Pattani,
Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Nakhon
Si Thammarat city suffered significant damage as several districts were flooded
and buildings were affected. Electrical poles were brought down by strong
winds, affecting power supply.

posted on social networks showed islands popular with tourists such as Koh Tao
and Koh Samui affected by strong winds, heavy rain and high waves. With a wind
speed of 55 km per hour, Pabuk moved from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman
Sea, raising strong winds, high tides, heavy rains and flash floods on
Saturday, said a statement from the Meteorological Department. It is feared to
devastate Thailand’s famous tourist destinations on the shores of the Andaman
Sea such as Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong provinces.

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