Tourists flee Thai islands as blackout continues

Tourists flee Thai islands as blackout continues

Tourists flee Thai islands as blackout continues

Updated 6 December 2012, 17:18 AEDT

Thousands of visitors are trying to leave the Thai tourist islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan after three days without power due to a broken undersea cable.

The cable ruptured on Tuesday, leaving the busy tourist islands without electricity just ahead of the local high season which begins in mid-December.

Many resorts have generators but there are now said to be shortages of fuel and the broken high voltage cable to the mainland is still not fixed.

Some 200,000 litres of extra fuel has been delivered to power generators and reserve power is being delivered to sections of the island on two-hour rotations.

It is believed there are about 20,000 tourists on the two islands, some of whom have tried leave via the single, small airport on Koh Samui.

Tourism authorities have played down the impact, saying that most resorts are making do with generators.