In Thailand have fled, tens of thousands of holidaymakers ahead of the tropical storm "Pabuk". The Islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand, were now "almost empty," said the administrative chief of Koh Phangan, Krikkrai Songthanee, on Thursday. Since new year's eve 30 000 to 50 000 people had left the Islands. The civil protection Ministry expects that the storm will also hit the holiday destinations of Phuket, Ko Samui and Krabi.
"Pabuk" is the first tropical storm for about 30 years, is looking for the Region outside of the monsoon time. First foothills of the storm arrived on Thursday, with top speeds of 65 kilometres per hour in the Gulf of Thailand. There, waves are expected to be three to five meters in height. Local media even write a seven-Meter-high waves.
When "Pabuk" is meeting on Friday on the country, is strongly expected rain, heavy Wind and high seas. The authority for meteorology, said, "Pabuk" will rage on the southern East coast of the country. Affected 16 provinces.
tens of thousands of Locals in the South of Thailand have left their homes already and sought protection. The Thai authorities have started evacuations, reports the AP news Agency. As Channel news Asia reports, Thailand cancelled also the flights to the tourist Islands, holiday places evacuated, and the operation on oil rigs.
broke Also ferries on Thursday. In the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat drove army trucks through areas of remote coast looking for stragglers, which had not yet been evacuated.
fears that Pabuk could be "" the most severe storm in Thailand since 1989, when the Typhoon "Gay" more than 400 people, and cost the lives. "There will be heavy rain, and we need to be prepared for Flooding or impact on traffic", said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, met in a video conference with the governors of the 16 provinces.