Pabuk brought strong winds and precipitation as it swept across the southern part of the country on Friday. A fisherman lost his life and one was missed after their boat was crushed by big waves, and 30,000 people had sought refuge in schools and other buildings.
But the storm was partly clear from the tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, where many tourists sat in isolation for 24 hours with rain because airports were closed and the ferries stopped.
“There was no one who lost their lives, there is some sun today, and I feel confident that some tourists will be able to travel today as ferries and flights are again underway,” says district manager Kittipop Roddon on Koh Samui.
– It is over. All 10,000 tourists are safe. I am relieved, says Krikkrai Songthanee, who has the same position on the neighboring island of Koh Phangan.
The storm swept across southern Thailand from Thailand Bay on Friday, leaving the course across the land to the Andaman Sea.
Pabuk was downgraded on Saturday, but a lot of rain is still expected over important tourist areas such as Phuket and Krabi until Sunday.
Ferry waiting time
On Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, bathing in the sea was still prohibited on Saturday.
Vacationers who want to leave the islands must probably spend long waiting times since it takes time for the ferry traffic to return to normal.
About 200,000 people lost their power after power meters were overturned by heavy winds or trees that fell over the wires. 30,000 had not yet received the power on Saturday.