On 10 October is began raining around 5pm, that night there was heavy, but not exceptionally so, rain falling continuously until around 10am. Sometime in the early morning, around 5am, there was a large landslide on the hill above White Sand beach. Mud and rock slid down the hillside and destroyed part of a small resort called Little Chang bungalows. One staff member died and another was trapped and eventually taken by helicopter to the mainland for treatment.
There were several other smaller landslides in addition to the main one and the cumulative effect was a blocked road, around 30 electricity poles collapsing â€“ leading to the power being out on the west coast for 36 hours – and a flood of mud running down the main road making a bit of a mess of a several businesses in the area.
On the beach the debris washed down by the run off, coupled with high waves has left the sand looking less than attractive.
Elsewhere on the west coast things weren’t too bad. Some flooding but no serious landslides and the south of Koh Chang received far less rain than the north. But this large landslide follows the smaller ones that cut off the south of the island in July 2010.
21 October – Quick Update: Beautiful sunny day today. Pen’s Bungalows and Star Beach open as normal. Little Chang and Independent Bo still closed. In the pics below you’ll see a notice in Thai which is stapled to the front of Independent Bo’s. It says no-one is allowed into Little Chang or Independent Bo without permission of the local authorities on the grounds that there is a risk of further damage from landslides or collapsed buildings. This is effective from 11-25 October. So next week will have to see if any rebuilding work starts.