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We would like to update situation in Surat Thani, Thailand.
SURAT THANI: Technicians worked through the night trying to restore electricity on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan as a two-day power blackout has forced thousands of tourists to flee the islands.
The islands have been without power since Tuesday morning after a section of an underground high-voltage cable in tambon Taling Ngam of Koh Samui district ruptured.
The cable provides electricity from Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Khanom district.
Inspectors found that Khanom Electricity Generating Co in Nakhon Si Thammarat, which supplies power to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, temporarily shut off the electricity for maintenance.
The system failed when they tried to restart it, said Sakda Nawarat, the deputy chief of the Provincial Electricity Authority’s (PEA) customer service section.
Chanchai Banditsaowaphak, assistant to the PEA governor on network operations, said technicians expected to finish the repairs to the broken section by 6am today.
Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan yesterday instructed state agencies to dispatch mobile generators to the affected areas, as tourists faced many problems after being without electricity since Tuesday.
Mobile phones on Koh Samui were also knocked out after fuel for generators powering the island’s transmission poles ran out.
During repairs yesterday, PEA officials had to rely on limited power supply reserves, forcing them to distribute power to small sections of the island in two-hour rotations.
“At least people could do some cooking,” a PEA official said.
PTT oil company yesterday delivered about 200,000 litres of fuel to five petrol stations on Koh Samui to ease the fuel shortage.
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Bron: Green Wood Travel