Pabuk, the very first tropical storm to strike this particular area of the nation outside the monsoon period in almost thirty years, triggered powerful winds of as much as 75 (km/ h), surges 3 to 5 meters high and even torrential rainfalls.
Basing on the Thai Meteorological Facility report, the cyclone has deteriorated today to a tropical depression as it pushes right into the Andaman Ocean, home to the vacationer retreats of Krabi and also Phuket.
Friday, the ‘eye’ of the violent storm narrowly missed Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, also Koh Tao within the Gulf of Thailand, well-liked by vacationers during this particular time of the season.
Basing on France-Presse (AFP), thousands of travelers continued to be trapped on those tropical isles this early morning, after air travels and even ferryboat services were put on hold Friday.
However, “3 local airport terminals will resume sometime today”, officials say.
“Several [tourists] are due to depart immediately after the reopening of the airport terminal and the restoration of ferryboat services,” Koh Samui community leader Kittipop Roddon informed Middle East Headlines News.
“In Samui, there are no casualties registered,” when it comes to the damage, “only a few houses have been partially damaged by the wind,” this individual included.
Consequently, the head of the Koh Phangan region guaranteed that “the 10,000 vacationers who stayed on the island are risk-free.”
The blowing winds created “minor damage,” Krikkkkrai Songthanee pointed out.
However, on the mainland, because of fallen trees and electrical power posts, in excess of 200,000 households were denied electric power in 4 districts, consisting of Nakon Si Thammarat and even Surat Thani.
“Power has not yet been recovered to about 30,000 homes as of yet,” stated the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
The experts have not yet provided a final report or tally regarding the number of victims caused by this storm.
They did confirm that 1 fisherman coming from the district of Pattani, close to the Malaysian boundary, perished Friday early morning.