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Landslide shuts down Phuket Airport runway road

PHUKET: The road that parallels the runway at Phuket International Airport closed today (Aug 31) after a landslide brought down debris and trees blocking both lanes.

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Wednesday 31 August 2016, 06:15PM


“The road is closed for now because debris has blocked both lanes all the way to the fence. Motorists cannot pass this area at the moment,” Sarawut Srisakukam, head of the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), told The Phuket News.

Mr Sarawut said he was notified of the landslide by residents attempting to travel along the road at midday.

“Officials including officers from OrBorTor Sakoo, Traffic Police and airport staff are inspecting the area. There has been a lot of rain in this area and it may cause more landslides,” he said.

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“We are checking the area and try to solve this issue as soon as possible. Workers are bringing in heavy machines to remove the debris and clear the road. However, we have to close the road while workers clear the debris and ensure that the area is safe,” Mr Sarawut added.

“Luckily no motorists were passing by when the landslide happened. However, I want all to be aware of natural disasters such as landslides during the raining season,” he said.

The National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) earlier today issued a warning for people in risk areas including Phang Nga and Phuket to beware heavy rains causing possible flash floods and landslides.

 

 

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