The naval forces of Thailand began evacuating tourists and residents of flooded communities who can not leave the flood-affected island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
According to the data, Thai media, is now off the island, which is now a disaster, can not get more than a thousand tourists. It is expected that they will be delivered to the mainland to the island arrived on ships of the Navy of Thailand. The ships will take out people with boats and two helicopters. Navy also will be involved in the removal of visitors from Surin and Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea.
Disaster area declared a province Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhonsitammart, Pangna, Krabi, Trang. Now distress districts sent rescue teams and special equipment for water pumping. Unfortunately, there were no casualties. According to preliminary data, the revelry of elements killed nine people. Meteorologists can not yet reassuring. It is projected that in the next three days in the south of Thailand should not expect a significant improvement in the weather.
In a rescue operation involving volunteers and troops of the Fourth Military District. First delivered to the disaster area food, drinking water and medicines.
Meanwhile, the situation remains very difficult on the island of Koh Samui. In particular, the suspension of the work of the local airport because of the partially flooded runways. Earlier work of the airport was completely paralyzed.
Currently, the water level at the beaches of Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut one and a half meters. Authorities ask residents to move, if possible, on the hill. It is reported that in some areas of the island is a power failure, there is no fresh water.
It is known that in Samui has several thousand foreign tourists, including at least 600 Russians who can not leave the island because of gale force winds and incessant rains in the region.
Meanwhile Rosturizm assure that our compatriots are not threatened. In the Russian Embassy in Thailand information that are inundated due to rains in the three islands of Thailand — Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan has suffered any of the Russian tourists were reported. The Russian Embassy is monitoring the situation in order to help the Russians to get out of this place.
"According to our data, now the islands are about 500 Russians. Requests that anyone is injured, no ", — the press-secretary of the Russian Embassy in Bangkok Vitaly Anopov. He said that the Thai authorities sent an aircraft carrier to the islands, small rescue boats and helicopters. In addition, the evacuation of the islands also occurs through the air, and in the airport of Koh Samui is now up to 5,000 people.
The threat of flooding of the population of Thailand warned after the earthquake in Japan. March 17 at Pattaya strongest tidal wave came and hit on Samui powerful downpour. Thai media predicted resorts flood another previous weekend. However, the arrival of elements lingered for a week.
As previously reported, "whistle" on the night of March 25 at the junction of the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos was a strong earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the force of tremors reached 7 points. Recorded two pushes at the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. An hour later, one more push occurred in Thailand. The quake was so powerful that the blows felt residents of Laos and China. Tremors were felt in the Thai capital Bangkok and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Earthquakes that occurred in Myanmar, in all probability, killed more than 150 people. This is double the official figures of the victims, said March 27 newspaper Bangkok Post citing rescuers. At the moment the official government data — 75 dead, but the local news agency Shan Herald, prepare a report on the tragic disaster, have questioned the official information.
"Victims are much more than the numbers of official data, many are still unaccounted for," — said Shan Herald.
According to local television and radio on March 25, the tremors destroyed 225 residential houses, 11 monasteries and nine government buildings in various cities of Myanmar. The epicenter of the first earthquake lies at a depth of 10 km, the second — 229 km. Consequences of natural disaster in more or less experienced at least 600,000 people.
Mountain areas of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand are usually seismically safe. However, in February 2011 in Myanmar and northern Laos has been noted up to 5.0 magnitude earthquake.
In the Thai city of Chiang Rai reported damaged power lines and telephone. In the village of Mong Lin that eight kilometers from Chiang Rai was damaged many buildings and killed many people. On public radio reported that 29 people were killed there and 16 injured.