Monsoon storms lash Krabi

17 Jun 2013

Annual monsoon storms have caused flooding in Krabi and the Andaman Sea region of southern Thailand. Late last week the deluges had closed roads in Krabi as well as in neighbouring Phang Nga and Phuket.

On Friday, meteorologists predicted more torrential rain for the weekend and warned skippers of small boats not to set sail. They said that villages and settlements in low-lying areas should also expect floods.  

The outlook for the next few days is not much improved. Forecasts rate the likelihood of storms and heavy rain at 60 per cent. Warnings of possible landslides in mountain areas also still stand.

Minor landslips are a reasonably common occurrence during the rainy season. They occur when rain-sodden ground cannot absorb any more water and breaks away from hillsides and the like. Drainage channels and canals are also full to capacity and are expected to overflow if the rain continues unabated.

Local authorities in the area say emergency services personnel are on standby and ready to assist at a moment’s notice. One unnamed officer joked that small boat owners unable to put out to sea would be able to use their craft to help anybody stranded on ‘dry’ land.

The rainy season runs through to early October. Although the rain is an annoyance, many people prefer to visit at this time of year because even Ao Nang is not busy and there are some real bargains to be had on accommodation.

The 1Stop guide to Krabi’s weather provides comprehensive details about the region’s weather cycles and the optimum time to visit.   

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