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Tropical Storm Pabuk - Jan 2019

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Tropical storm Pabuk is heading west-northwest towards southern Thailand strengthening and is expected to make landfall in Thailand on Friday evening. Strong winds with maximum speed of 65 km/h and heavy rain will affect Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. High amounts of rainfall are expected to affect southern Thailand, where flash flooding and landslides are possible. Southern Myanmar and Vietnam will be affected by heavy rain and possible flooding. (ECHO, 2 Jan 2019)

On 3 January at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 250 km north-east of Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu State, Malaysia) and 650 km south-east of Nakhon Si Thammarat (Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are forecast for southern Thailand, northern Malaysia, southern Myanmar, southern Vietnam, and southern Cambodia from 3-5 January (ECHO, 3 Jan 2019.)

Heavy rainfall, with the risk of flash flooding and landslides, strong winds and storm surge could affect southern Thailand, southern Myanmar, northern Malaysia and Andaman Islands over 4-6 January. The Authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province (Thailand) have issued evacuation orders for more than 30,000 people living in six seaside districts. (ECHO, 4 Jan 2019)

Tropical storm Pabuk made landfall on 4 January 2019 at 05.45 UTC in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand, causing damage to houses and infrastructure, leaving up to 200,000 persons without electricity. Thai authorities reported one dead and one missing person. On 5 January 2019, TC Pabuk was downgraded into a tropical depression as it moved into the Andaman Sea. A yellow alert was issued for Andaman Islands (India), where TC Pabuk is predicted to make landfall on 6 January 2019. (ECHO, 5 Jan 2019)

Tropical Storm PABUK has now passed over Thailand and is moving north northwest towards the Andaman Islands (India), where landfall as a deep depression is expected around 13:00 (UTC) on 6 January 2019. Thai authorities (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) now report that 34,089 people were evacuated as a precaution to Tropical Storm PABUK, with eight southern provinces affected and almost 2 000 houses damaged. Media reports that three deaths have occurred. (ECHO, 6 Jan 2019)

Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in southern Thailand on 4 January, bringing widespread and torrential rainfall affecting 720,885 people and damaging farmland and houses in 16 provinces. Provincial authorities are leading the relief operation with support from national government, Thai Red Cross and local NGOs. (OCHA, 7 Jan 2019)

As of 14 January 2019, seven people are known to have been killed, including two rescue volunteers. Prior to the storm making landfall, 30,000 people in coastal districts were evacuated into shelters preventing higher loss of life. The storm caused extensive damage to critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals. (OCHA, 14 Jan 2019)