Ferries, marine tours halted at Ko Chang
published : 15 Sep 2019 at 17:11
writer: Post Reporters
TRAT: Ferry services and coastal and waterfall tours were halted after water runoff inundated low-lying properties on Ko Chang in this eastern border province amidst torrential rain and rough seas.
Local officials reported runoff and overflowing canals on the island following more than two days of torrential rain. Several roads, bridges and properties near waterways were damaged.
The areas around Khlong Son, Khlong Phlu, Kai Bae and Chai Chet bridges were affected. Motorists were advised to stay away from flooded roads and bridges due to powerful currents, which already engulfed several vehicles.
The management of Mu Ko Chang National Park closed Khlong Plu and Tan Mayom waterfalls, which were flowing heavily. It also suspended coral tours on Ko Rang island due to rough seas.
Floodwater was reportedly 30-50 centimetres deep in Ban Khlong Phrao, Ban Khlong Makok, Ban Hat Sai Khao, Ban Mab Khang Khao and Ban Kai Bae villages. Several properties near waterways were at least one metre under water. Strong currents slammed branches and logs against bridges.
Severe runoff occurred on Sunday morning. The levels of local canals were fluctuating as runoff from the island's mountainous terrain continued. Local authorities said they might ask the navy to pick up tourists if rough seas continued unabated.