Stranded tourists on Koh Lan returned to Pattaya

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BANGKOK, 17 September 2015  – Some 380 tourists who had been stranded on Koh Lan in Chonburi due to unfavorable weather have been returned to the mainland.

Four ferries were sent by the Marine Department office in Pattaya to pick up the stranded holidaymakers on Wednesday. Meanwhile a ban on all seafaring activity remains in effect. The ban, enforced after the arrival of tropical depression Vamco resulted in heavy seas, remains in effect.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, locals living near Phimai Dam have been told to move valuable belongings to high ground as waterways had filled to the brink. Local authorities have also prepared 10 water pumps and 5,000 sand bags to mitigate flood situations.

In Satun, those living near Bang Muang Canal in Takua Pa District faced 50-centimeter high floodwaters and needed to use boats to travel out of their villages. Residents of Takua Pa District and those living in its vicinity have been urged to exercise caution against forest runoff and landslides over the next two or three days.