Storms batter Trang and Krabi

Strong waves battered the southern provinces of Krabi and Trang on Saturday as local residents were warned to cope with possible natural disasters.

In Krabi, local residents, tourists and boat operators have been warned of runoffs and landslides that are possible in all eight districts this weekend.

Thalerngsak Phuwayanpong, chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, said the southwesterly monsoon along the Andaman coast was producing heavy rains and waves 2-4 metres high.

A rainstorm on Friday night felled trees and power poles on Phetkasem Highway in Moo 1 village of Thapprik sub-district in Muang Krabi. Rescue workers hurriedly removed the blockages to reopen the main highway to traffic.

Big ferries resumed services between Muang Krabi district and the Phi Phi Islands to pick up tourists left stranded on the islands, while small passenger ctaft and fishing boats remained ashore to avoid strong winds and high waves.

In Trang province, strong waves struck Pak Meng, Chang Chalang, Chao Mai and Yong Ling beaches in Mai Fat sub-district of Sikao district for the third day on Saturday. Waves about four metres high washed over embankments and flooded areas along the beaches including seaside restaurants.

Owners of the local restaurants complained that they ran out of seafood because fishing boats could not go out. Local authorities advised residents and tourists to follow weather reports for their safety.

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