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, 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.
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.
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.
Flash floods have submerged commercial areas in downtown Nakhon Si Thammarat while 35 schools in the southern province were closed Monday following two days of downpours.
While local authorities hoped for a respite in the deluge, the Meteorological Department warned further rain was expected.
That was not good news to Prinya Sakkhanayok, head of Nakhon Si Thammarat's irrigation office, who earlier in the day expressed optimism that officials could drain water out of the severely flooded downtown area of Muang district by last night.