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Tropical Storm Pabuk: Thailand is in Fear

A tropical storm, called Pabuk is heading towards Thailand’s east coast which lead people in fear that people are fleeing Thai islands.

Pabuk is currently generating winds of up to 64 miles per hour and heavy rain has already started. The experts are expecting that the storm will make a landfall about 7 p.m. on Friday, near the Chumphon archipelago.

It is been assuming that the storm Pabuk is biggest devastating natural disaster to hit in the decades since 1989, according to the CNN.

“It is high season, there are many foreign tourists at popular destinations. We have informed them in advance since two days ago. I would say most of them have left islands and come to the mainland.”

Thousands of tourists forced to flee ahead as it closes in on the country’s tourist beaches and island famous spots along its southern coast has become vacant and Thai officials have canceled ferry services and begun evacuating locals ahead of torrential rain.

“First tropical storm in the area outside of the monsoon season for around 30 years”, said the Bangkok Post.

“We are still compiling the number of evacuees. I can say several thousand people for over 16 provinces,” said Putthipong Punnakanta, government spokesman.

The Meteorological Department said the storm was moving west into the Gulf of Thailand with maximum winds of 65km/h and possible waves of 3-5m in the Gulf of Thailand, and 2-3m in the Andaman Sea.

“It is high season, there are many foreign tourists at popular destinations. We have informed them in advance since two days ago. I would say most of them have left islands and come to the mainland.”

It is being assuming that if the storm holds the current track then it may make a second landfall over Surat Thani province early Saturday.

> Puza Sarker Snigdha



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