Monday, December 26, 2011

Powerful waves slam into coastal regions

Strong waves hit several coastal villages in Chumphon's Lang Suan district and Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin yesterday, damaging many houses, boats and restaurants.
Small fishing boats are rocked by rough waves near a fishing port inHuaHin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Residents said heavy storms are uncommonin thearea at this time of the year. CHAIWAT SATYAEM
Sawanand Kanchanarat, chairman of Bang Maphrao tambon administration organisation in Lang Suan district, said powerful waves slammed into Ban Hua Laem in the tambon.
Village Communities 12 and 14 were badly hit with many bungalows, restaurants and houses damaged or torn down by the waves.
Seawater also surged into many houses in several coastal villages, forcing residents to evacuate to higher ground. Their houses were hit by about 70cm of water.
Decha Sukkaew, assistant chief of Chumphon meteorological station, said a ridge of high pressure from China has moved to the South, triggering storms and whipping up waves as high as 4m.
The rough weather is predicted to last until Wednesday. Fishermen were advised to stay ashore.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan, strong waves coupled with fierce winds pounded Hua Hin at 3am yesterday, destroying several restaurants and shops.
Seawater inundated many houses in Khao Takiab village in Hua Hin, inundating many houses. Nakhon Si Thammarat and Koh Samui in Surat Thani also suffered damage to property.

Waves pound fishing boats (above) and other boats and shore areas off Hua Hin on Christmas Day.