Tropical storm batters southern Thai resorts – NHK WORLD
A tropical storm has hit coastal villages and beach resorts in southern Thailand.
Tropical Storm Pabuk formed in the South China Sea on New Year’s Day. It made landfall in southern Thailand on Friday.
Thai authorities say a fishing boat capsized in the storm. They also say three people were killed and one person is missing.
Koh Samui, a popular tourist destination, was among the southern islands affected by the storm.
Tourists were forced to stay on the island after airlines and boat operators suspended operations.
Long lines of tourists formed at a port and an airport on the island, after operations resumed on Saturday afternoon.
Pabuk also triggered severe flooding and blackouts.
The storm is estimated to have caused losses of about 90 million dollars or more, mainly in the tourism industry.
Pabuk headed to the Andaman Sea after sweeping through the Malay Peninsula.
But authorities are urging people to remain on alert, as strong winds and high waves are expected to continue on Sunday.