Pabuk storm inundates, litters Prachuap coastline with debris

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: On January 5, Thailand Gulf storm surges generated waves as high as five meters in the area of Prachuap Bay, leaving muang district’s coastal roads flooded, obstructed with debris and impassible for small vehicles.

Matichon reported that hundreds of local fishing boats sought refuge from the storm by anchoring or shoring their vessels in the protected areas of Khao Mong Ta Lai hill (เขาตาม่องล่าย) and Khlong Bang Nang Rom canal (คลองบางนางรม).

Manager Online reports that the Pabuk-energized seawater littered much of the Tricove City’s coastline with both inorganic and organic waste, prompting municipality officials into cleanup action.

Indeed, Channel 3 reported that business and traffic was disrupted or ceased on Saturday in the usually-busy four km stretch of the Tricove City coastline, from the Wing 5 Landing Strip near Ao Manao bay to Khao Ta Mong Lai hill near Ao Noi bay.

As anticipated, Bang Saphan District in the south of the province was greatly impacted by the storm, which unearthed power pylons, causing blackouts. Though rain was reportedly not heavy in the district, it was plentiful enough to cause flooding in homes and businesses along the coastline. Particularly devastated was the area around Bang Saphan’s Mae Rampeung subdistrict (ต.แม่รำพึง อ.บางสพาน), where no less than 20 households or businesses were inundated.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the storm in Prachuap Khiri Khan province; however three deaths were reported in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province, where more than 34,000 residents were evacuated from coastal areas. The storm, which made its way to the Andaman sea on Saturday, had since been downgraded into a tropical depression.

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