MFA: No Bulgarian Tourists Injured During the Tropical Storm in Thailand

Domestic | January 4, 2019, Friday // 19:49|  views

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with a group of Bulgarian tourists on the island of Koh Samui. Currently they are safe and alive.

The Foreign Ministry has announced they are ready to co-operate in case of need. The ministry recommends temporarily not to travel to Thailand. In case of need of assistance, Bulgarian citizens can contact our embassy in Jakarta, as well as the Situation Center of the Foreign Ministry.

Tropical storm Pabuk has begun pelting southern Thailand with rain and wind, in what is expected to be the worst storm to hit the region in 30 years, reported BBC.

The storm made landfall at 12:45 local time (05:45 GMT) in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, the meteorological department said.

It is expected to move across southern Thailand, hitting popular tourist spots.

Thousands of people have left Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands.

Tourists stranded on Koh Samui have told the BBC the island is seeing heavy rain, wind and waves and there have been short power outages.

People also say they have been advised to stay indoors after 16:00 local time until Saturday morning.

While storms are common in the Gulf of Thailand at this time of year, Pabuk is thought to be the worst in decades to hit during the peak holiday season.

In the past, tropical storms have killed hundreds of people but authorities say they are well prepared and able to cope with the expected storm surges of up to five meters.

The last big storm, Typhoon Gay, struck in 1989 killing more than 800 people.

Thailand's meteorological department said the storm would affect the south of the country for the next few days and that "widespread rainfall, and torrential downpours are possible [in] much of the area".

"People should beware of the severe conditions that cause forest runoffs and flash floods," the authority warned.

The storm will likely weaken as it crosses over from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea, but tourists there are also being warned to be prepared for heavy rain, rough seas and landslides.

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