Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PHUKET WEATHER ALERT: Prime Minister’s office warns of flooding - 29th Mar 2011

Unseasonably heavy rains have swamped the South. Graphic: The Nation

PHUKET: The Prime Minister’s Office has warned residents in Phuket to brace for flooding, which has already stalled services at Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Samui airports.

Thousands of passengers were stranded on Koh Samui in Surat Thani province yesterday, while Nakhon Sri Thammarat Airport has been closed since Sunday.

Bangkok Airways canceled all 36 domestic and international flights in and out of Samui yesterday, due to the severe thunderstorms hitting the island and the surrounding area.

The airline said affected passengers should contact its ticketing office to rebook their flights at no additional charge.

Tourists on the island of Samui had completely lost access to the mainland as of press time because ferry services were also suspended.

As the severe flooding raged on in the South, the death toll rose to nine.

Floodwaters are now wreaking havoc in the provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani, Trang, Krabi and Phatthalung. Read More