Tropical Storm Pabuk - Jan 2019Ongoing
Tropical storm Pabuk is heading west-northwest towards southern Thailand strengthening and is expected to make landfall in Thailand on Friday evening. Strong winds with maximum speed of 65 km/h and heavy rain will affect Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. High amounts of rainfall are expected to affect southern Thailand, where flash flooding and landslides are possible. Southern Myanmar and Vietnam will be affected by heavy rain and possible flooding. (ECHO, 2 Jan 2019)
On 3 January at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 250 km north-east of Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu State, Malaysia) and 650 km south-east of Nakhon Si Thammarat (Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are forecast for southern Thailand, northern Malaysia, southern Myanmar, southern Vietnam, and southern Cambodia from 3-5 January (ECHO, 3 Jan 2019.)
Heavy rainfall, with the risk of flash flooding and landslides, strong winds and storm surge could affect southern Thailand, southern Myanmar, northern Malaysia and Andaman Islands over 4-6 January. The Authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province (Thailand) have issued evacuation orders for more than 30,000 people living in six seaside districts. (ECHO, 4 Jan 2019)
Tropical storm Pabuk made landfall on 4 January 2019 at 05.45 UTC in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand, causing damage to houses and infrastructure, leaving up to 200,000 persons without electricity. Thai authorities reported one dead and one missing person. On 5 January 2019, TC Pabuk was downgraded into a tropical depression as it moved into the Andaman Sea. A yellow alert was issued for Andaman Islands (India), where TC Pabuk is predicted to make landfall on 6 January 2019. (ECHO, 5 Jan 2019)
Tropical Storm PABUK has now passed over Thailand and is moving north northwest towards the Andaman Islands (India), where landfall as a deep depression is expected around 13:00 (UTC) on 6 January 2019. Thai authorities (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) now report that 34,089 people were evacuated as a precaution to Tropical Storm PABUK, with eight southern provinces affected and almost 2 000 houses damaged. Media reports that three deaths have occurred. (ECHO, 6 Jan 2019)
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in southern Thailand on 4 January, bringing widespread and torrential rainfall affecting 720,885 people and damaging farmland and houses in 16 provinces. Provincial authorities are leading the relief operation with support from national government, Thai Red Cross and local NGOs. (OCHA, 7 Jan 2019)
As of 14 January 2019, seven people are known to have been killed, including two rescue volunteers. Prior to the storm making landfall, 30,000 people in coastal districts were evacuated into shelters preventing higher loss of life. The storm caused extensive damage to critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals. (OCHA, 14 Jan 2019)
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BANGKOK, 8th January 2019 (NNT) - A disaster relief caravan of vehicles has been dispatched from Bangkok to the southern region to aid victims of Tropical Storm Pabuk.
The caravan carrying relief supplies, assembled at the Department of Social Development and Welfare in Bangkok, before beginning its journey south. In addition to household necessities, the vehicles carry portable toilets, suitable for people with disabilities as well as for those who have lost their homes.
By Omar H. Amach
BANGKOK, 10 December 2019 – Early warning and early action helped ensure that tropical storm Pabuk, which struck the southern region of Thailand last week from 3 to 5 January, passed with limited loss of life. The storm, however, caused high economic losses and considerable damage to critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.
Tropical cyclone PABUK made landfall in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province on 4 January. As of 8 January at 8.00 UTC, four people have reportedly been killed, approximately 700 000 evacuated and at least 2 000 homes damaged.
Yesterday’s cyclonic storm “PABUK” moved west-northwestwards and weakened into a deep depression over Andaman Sea around same noon. Moving further west-northwestwards, it crossed Andaman Islands as a deep depression with a wind speed of 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph near latitude 11.6°N and longitude 92.7°E, close to south of Port Blair during late evening (1830 and 2030 hours IST) of yesterday, the 6th January, 2019.
By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter
BANGKOK — The first tropical storm to hit the south in decades killed at least four people and left over 3 billion baht of destruction in its wake.
Officials credit the evacuation of roughly 700,000 people in eight provinces for minimizing the human toll of Tropical Storm Pabuk, which battered Thailand’s southern coasts this past weekend. The death toll for now stands at four after a missing fisherman’s body was found Sunday on a beach of Pattani province.
King gives survival kits, PM visits South
Survival kits and other aid for storm and flood victims have started to roll in to hundreds of communities and farms affected by Tropical Storm Pabuk, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha makes a trip to the South to lead the recovery effort.
The assistance came after pictures from Nakhon Si Thammarat and its surrounding provinces showed the extent of the damage from the storm, which claimed the lives of several people, not to mention rare dolphins.
Tropical Storm PABUK has now passed over Thailand and is moving north northwest towards the Andaman Islands (India), where landfall as a deep depression is expected around 13:00 (UTC) today, 6 January.
Thai authorities (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) now report that 34 089 people were evacuated as a precaution to Tropical Storm PABUK, with eight southern provinces affected and almost 2 000 houses damaged. Media reports that three deaths have occurred.
Tropical storm Pabuk, which weakened after lashing eight southern provinces, has claimed three lives and forced thousands of people out of their homes.
Pabuk caused heavy downpours, high waves and gusty winds in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Chumphon, Yala, Phatthalung and Narathiwat provinces on Friday, Chaiyapol Titisak director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said on Saturday.
Yesterday’s cyclonic storm “PABUK” over Gulf of Thailand and adjoining areas moved west-northwestwards and emerged into Andaman Sea in the morning (0830 hrs IST) of today, theth January, 2019. It lay centered at 0830 hours IST of today, the 5th January near latitude 9.1°N and longitude 98.1°E, about 650 km east-southeast of Port Blair. It is very likely to move westnorthwestwards for some more time. Thereafter, it is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Andaman Islands around evening/night of 06th January as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph.
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 07:00
According to the observations at (06:30)hrs M.S.T today, the Cyclonic Storm "Pabuk" over the Andaman Sea is centred at about (235) miles South-Southeast of Coco Island, (330) miles South-Southeast of Hainggyikyun (Myanmar) and (150) miles Southeast of Port Blair (India). The present stage of the Cyclonic Storm "Pabuk" is coded yellow stage.
Position of Cyclonic Storm, center pressure and wind
Yesterday’s cyclonic storm “PABUK” over Andaman Sea moved west-northwestwards and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of today, the 06 th January, 2019 over the same region near latitude 11.1°N and longitude 94.6°E, about 210 km east-southeast of Port Blair. Due to unfavourable conditions, the system is very likely to weaken into a deep depression during next 06 hours and further into a depression during subsequent 12 hours.
4 Jan 2019
BANGKOK, 4th January 2019, (NNT) - All branches of the military will provide assistance to residents being affected by tropical storm Pabuk .
Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri has instructed the disaster mitigation center of the military in each affected province to set up mobile rescue units and closely follow the progress of the storm. He told the military personnel to be prepared to help the local residents to evacuate and provide medical services when they need.
As wind and rain lash Thailand, Thai Red Cross is stepping up its response to Tropical Storm Pabuk. The storm—Thailand’s worst in decades—made landfall the evening of January 4. Over two days, 16 provinces along the coastal areas of the Gulf of Thailand are expected to see heavy downpours, strong waves, wind, and possible flash floods and mudslides.
7.8 million people live in Tropical Storm Pabuk’s path.
- Tropical storm Pabuk made landfall on 4 January at 05.45 UTC in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand, causing damage to houses and infrastructure, leaving up to 200 000 persons without electricity.
- Thai authorities reported one dead and one missing person.
- 30 000 persons had to be relocated into evacuation centres across southern provinces.
- On 5 January, TC Pabuk was downgraded into a tropical depression as it moved into the Andaman Sea.
Thousands flee homes as mega storm strikes
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall along the southern coast yesterday, unleashing torrential rain that drove thousands of people from their homes, left hospitals flooded and felled electricity poles.
Local authorities said the economic losses could reach 5 billion baht.
Tropical storm PABUK continued north-west towards southern Thailand, strengthening. On 4 January at 0.00 UTC, its centre was approx.
According to Thailand Meteorological Department, at 0700hrs (UTC+7) on 4 January 2019, tropical storm “PABUK” over the lower Gulf due 150 km southeast of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province or latitude 7.9 degree north, longitude 101.5 degree east.
A cyclonic storm “PABUK” lay centred at 0830 hours IST of 03rd January 2019over south China Sea near latitude 6.0°N and longitude 105.0° E, about 1500 km east-southeast of Port Blair. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Andaman Sea around the forenoon of 05th January 2019.
Thereafter it is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Andaman Islands around evening/ night of 06th January. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve northeastwards towards Myanmar coast and weaken further during 7th -8 th January, 2019.
Authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat made frantic evacuations as Tropical Storm Pabuk was expected to touch down on the province's coastline this evening, triggering fears of severe flooding and mudslides across 95 sites in the province.
Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Chamroen Thipphayaphongthada ordered the evacuations early yesterday morning. More than 30,000 people living in six seaside districts of the province were moved out of their homes within a matter of few hours.
Nakhon Si Thammarat was marked as the province to bear the brunt of the tropical storm.
Tropical storm PABUK continued west-north-west towards southern Thailand strengthening. On 3 January at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 250 km north-east of Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu State, Malaysia) and 650 km south-east of Nakhon Si Thammarat (Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue north-west, strengthening, and could make landfall as a tropical storm in southern Thailand on the morning of 4 January.