Floods leave tourists stranded in southern Thailand

by Emily DUNBAR on March 31, 2011

Hundreds of tourists were yesterday scrambling to get out of the south of Thailand as fierce storms and floods continue to wreak havoc. At least 21 people are thought to be dead after days of heavy rain and mudslides in the region.

Flights to the island of Samui were cancelled in recent days, but two Bangkok Airways carriers eventually managed to land yesterday. A total of 376 people were evacuated from the island, with more aircraft waiting for a break in the weather before departing.

Trains and ferry services were also cancelled due to the area of low pressure which has caused the unseasonal disruption. Usually at this time of year, Thailand is characterised by extremely hot, dry and humid weather. The monsoon rains are not expected for at least another month.

Thousands of tourists were left unable to board their flights out of the south due to cancellations on Monday. Several chose to sleep in airports while others braved the floods to go back and forth every day in the hope that flights were running.

A mudslide in the province of Krabi has left 10 people dead and at least another 10 are missing. The government has sent both the army and the navy in to help evacuate locals in rural regions that are most at risk of disaster.

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dolly dare April 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

nobody is rescuing anybody from samui

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