Tourists leave idyllic Thai islands after 2-day blackout

AUTHORITIES are trying to restore power on two popular islands in southern Thailand after a power blackout extending at least 48 hours caused travelers to leave.

Idyllic Ko Samui has been without power for two days.

The islands of Samui and Pa Ngan in Surat Thani province lost electricity Tuesday morning when an underground high-voltage cable ruptured.

Samui district chief Prasert Jitmung said Thursday the hospital and most five-star hotels were not heavily affected by the blackout, as they have their own diesel-fueled electricity generators.

He said a large number of Thai and foreign tourists have left the island after the blackout.

Authorities have distributed mobile generators to give temporary power on the two islands.

Prasert said power will likely resume on the two islands by Thursday afternoon.

Associated Press