March 31, 2011 by staff
The FCO advises British nationals that these islands should consider leaving if it is safe, “as he is,” a continuing risk of mudslides and flash floods in these areas. ”
Storms and heavy rainfall caused flooding and damage along the southern coast of Thailand. Affected provinces include Krabi, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani (including the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao), Phatthalung, Chumphon, Trang and Satun, electricity and communications being disrupted across the region.
A landslide caused the destruction and a number of deaths in Khao Phanom and a massive landslide destroyed an entire village in Krabi, with many caught in the torrent of water. Stations from the airport and coastal areas in Krabi were not affected, but there are heavy rains in the region.
Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways have launched a massive airlift during the night to rescue the stranded tourists from islands in southern Thailand.
Bangkok Airways operates a total of flights yesterday, while Thai Airways has three. In all the, 600 passengers were transported.
The Thai Royal Navy sent its only aircraft carrier, two frigates and one amphibious landing craft aboard helicopters to deliver supplies and pick up tourists and villagers of the islands in the Andaman Sea, after a rough sea and Torrential rains left many of them inaccessible.
A spokesman for the Tourism Association of Koh Samui has warned that stocks of food and fuel could run out if the bad weather continues.
The Thai Meteorological Department said: “Torrential rain with heavy falls” should continue in one or two days.
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