One dead in Thailand as tropical storm uproots trees

Thailand's first tropical storm in three decades has killed one person after arriving on the country's south coast. - Reuters

Accompanying winds churned up high waves and gusts in the Gulf of Thailand as tropical storm Pabuk made landfall in Pak Phanang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where trees crashed down on houses to cause widespread damage.

As Pabuk approached with winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour on Thursday, flights to and from Koh Samui were cancelled, beach resorts battened down and offshore oil rigs evacuated.

One Twitter user posted a video of rains lashing down on Songkhla, saying the downpour had continued for 'many hours' with no sign of ending. Another user tweeted footage of waves crashing into the coast in front of Koh Samui Hospital.

The Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for several provinces, including popular island destinations such as Samui, Phuket and Krabi. The tropical storm will be the first to menace the southern shores in nearly 30 years.

Published: 4 Jan 2019