Koh Tao was hit by torrential rain on the 27th March’11 after having had stormy weather for the prior week or so. The down pour was heavy and you can click here to view conditions then. Or here for conditions on the 1st April.
Yesterday saw tourists being helicoptered to Navy vessels lying offshore which seemed a little dramatic. Contrary to media created hysteria, we had power, water and food. We just didn’t have any ferries running, which is hardly unusual in bad weather. In monsoon this has lasted significantly longer without food running out. At least those that had onward connections made it and if you don’t live here then its nice to get home or where you are going !
Local residents have had damage to houses, property and businesses and a few have lost homes too. It seems other areas in Thailand have suffered worse and our thoughts go to all of those people badly effected.
Today, (31/3) the rain has stopped and its bright, the wind has dropped and the sun is trying to break through too. The clean up operation has started in earnest. Master Divers., was lucky, and has been unaffected. In fact there has been relatively little damage to the areas that visitors see, only one resort was badly hit and one short stretch of beach road has been washed away. There is still a little surface water, but not deep, and there is some sand and mud to be cleared but other than that life carries on. Ferries are running and Samui airport re-opened yesterday and dive boats even went out today.
I’ve seen this island dust itself down and pick itself back up again. You can see from the images below, work has already started and, for the majority it will be business will be as usual within as little as 24 hours.
Some of the worst damage we have seen is the road home to our house, which is nowhere near the main thoroughfare for visitors. You can seen photos and video below the photos too. I have not seem it this bad before.
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