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Phuket flash floods cut off roads, fell power lines

PHUKET: Heavy rain across the island yesterday afternoon (Mar 20) cut off several roads and downed power lines, causing power outages across large areas of Phuket.

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Tuesday 21 March 2017, 11:40AM


A one hour-long downpour in central Phuket brought down power poles along Srisoonthorn Rd at about 4pm, causing traffic delays and power blackouts to Baan Manik, Cherng Talay and Kamala, on Phuket’s west coast, while workers carried out repairs.

“At least four toppled power poles reached the ground, with many more leaning dangerously over while still carrying live current,” said Boontham Jaroenphong, chief of the Provincial Electricity Authority office in Thalang.

“We shut down the supply to that section as soon as possible, but arranged for a different temporary supply for residents in Baan Manik and nearby areas,” he added.

A team of cranes were called in to raise the leaning power poles while workers repacked the earth around their bases,” Mr Boontham explained.

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“Three new power poles were installed to replace poles that had snapped,” he added.

The PEA Thalang office reported at about midnight that normal power supply to the area had been restored.

As is now usual with flash downpours in the area, the section of Thepkrasattri Rd in front of the Thai Watsadu building supplies store in Thalang flooded, this time up to 50 centimetres deep.

Srisoonthorn Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials arrived to clear the drains, and an hour later after the rain slowed, the water level fell and traffic flow was soon back to normal.

 

 

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Pauly44 | 21 March 2017 - 18:32:02

Yep all the unnecessary road works weakening foundations and a little rain they topple like dominos, so very dangerous for the public lucky no one was killed, critical infrastructure put in place and maintained by people with the mentality of a 10 year old, slap it up that'll do.

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BenPendejo | 21 March 2017 - 17:03:31

Testimony to the crap workmanship that goes on here.  The poles that went down are brand new, placed along the stupidest baht-burning project in Phuket, widening the road between Cherng Thalay and Heroines Monument to about 8 lanes of crappy tarmac, creating a far more dangerous road than the previous one, which was more than ample at its former width. Dumb Dumb Dumb, but not surprised in the least.  Oh, and almost no turn-around points which encourages an increase in riding on the wrong side of the road.

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malczx7r | 21 March 2017 - 13:32:47

Wow there must have been raindrops the size of footballs to bring down power poles, either that or they were installed very poorly, driving round the island makes me laugh how nearly all of them are leaning, great QC, probably built to the same standards as the condo's haha

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Kurt | 21 March 2017 - 11:52:03

How vulnerable is Phuket 'Smart City' due to just a afternoon of rain.

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