People return to their village in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Pabuk on Jan. 5 in Pak Phanang, Nakhon Si Thammarat. (Photo: AP/Sumeth Panpetch)

Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The Thai Ministry of Commerce is monitoring the supply of everyday products in all areas affected by tropical storm Pabuk.

Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said that provincial commerce offices have been instructed to ensure that there are enough supplies of goods and essential items at communities and shelters in areas battered by the storm, which has prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. 

It is highly unusual for tropical storms to make landfall in Thailand. The last time a tropical storm hit Thailand was in 1962, when tropical storm Harriet impacted 12 provinces and claimed as many as 900 lives.

According to the Meteorological Department, no previous tropical cyclone had struck Thailand in the months of January, February or March in records going back as far as 1951.-NNT/VNA