By the arrival of the tropical storm Pabuk are tens of thousands of tourists fled on several islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
It is expected that the storm heavy rainfall, high winds and waves of at least five metres will cause. That made the local authorities Thursday known. The chance is real that Pabuk, develops into a typhoon, meteorologists. “It is difficult to the severity of the storm to predict. The people must, therefore, comply with the recommendations of the authorities.’
The Belgian tour operators Tui and Thomas Cook are the condition on the foot. Tui has its customers in the region sent an sms to warn them about the storm. ‘We advise them to follow the instructions of the local authorities to follow”, sounds. As a precaution brings Tui customers that Friday go back, already covered in hotels near the airport. So they miss their flight, as the boats would not sail.
Rival Thomas Cook has no Belgian customers on the endangered islands. “Our customers in the south of Thailand will get heavy rain, but beyond that, the impact is very limited,” says a spokeswoman. “Our tours take place as planned.”
Inhabitants of the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where Pabuk first to land will come, are already evacuated. The following days are the popular resorts of Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi to the turn.
Although there is no official assignment is given, are tourists – which are plentiful during the christmas and new year period – since Wednesday already pulled away from the islands. “Between 30,000 and 50,000 people have already left since 31st december”, said Krikkrai Songthanee, chief of the district, Koh Phangnan, to AFP. The storm is Friday night is expected on the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao.