It’s two days after heavy rain caused flooding in Koh Tao and throughout southern Thailand and the water level has dropped significantly, but there’s still a lot of recovery work to be done, and it’s still very wet.
The extensive flooding in the South of Thailand has left eight people dead and affected at least 120,000 households. Thailand’s wet season usually ends in November. The current rains are unseasonal and rare. Yesterday, the Thai Prime Minister visited affected areas.
Today we headed out to visit some of the places in Koh Tao that we photographed in our previous blog post, to show the drop in flood level. While there’s still a bit of water on the roads, there’s definitely been an improvement since Thursday:
We lost electricity for about ten hours yesterday but it’s been back on and working fine ever since. There hasn’t been any deaths or serious injuries that we’ve been aware of around Koh Tao, although that’s purely based on what we’ve seen and heard online. Most people in the area where we’re staying – the popular tourist strip of Sairee Beach – are in good spirits. Business is booming in the bars and restaurants. Not so much in the surf shops.
We were hoping to get some sunny weather near the end of our stay here but that doesn’t seem likely any more with the weather report extending our the wet weather further and further each time we update it.
There are earth movers working non stop to spread huge piles of sand evenly across the flood deluged roads. Some traffic is now able to get through what was completely impassable on Thursday. There is still a good foot of water on quite a few of the roads though.
The trusty local Sairee Beach 7/11 is doing it’s best to keep up with demand. But it’s shelves are starting to look bare. Our hotel lady told us that supplies to the island had been disrupted due to the extreme weather. So it’s possible that some businesses might soon run out of stock.
If anyone reading this is planning a weekend getaway to the islands anytime in the near future, I’d recommend putting it off for a week or so, until the weather improves and local business has had a chance to recover.