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Residents advised to be on alert for flash floods as heavy rain continues

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Theera Anansaereewittaya ordered officials this morning (Oct 29) to be on 24-hour alert and be prepared to handle floods following heavy downpours last night which caused minor havoc across Phuket.

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Saturday 29 October 2016, 01:30PM


The heavy rain is set to continue today and tomorrow according a Thailand Meteorological Department (TMD) forecast.

Vice Governor Theera arrived at Bangyai Canal this morning to investigate the water level which has increased considerably since recent downpours.

Along with Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansuppana, Vice Governor Theera inspected the flooded area in front of Government Savings Bank after reports of the water level increasing at Bangyai Canal

Vice Governor Theera said he ordered officials to quickly work in the area hasten drainage and to help residents who affected by the flood water.

He also ordered officials to warn residents living high-risk areas to be vigilant in watching for any flash flooding and asked residents to report to officials in case of any emergency.

Heavy rain last night also caused floods in many parts of Phuket Town and also in Patong, where water rundown from the hills regularly contribute floods in the town.

Areas affected by flooding in Phuket Town included Surin Road, Daorung junction and along Chao Fa East Rd – where traffic was stand still temporary in early hours. Villa California, Villa 3 and several other along Chao Fa East Rd were also affected.

In Patong, Government Saving Bank Junction was also flooded and Soi Nanai had some minor lands slide due to the very heavy rain.

Many roads in Patong including Na Nai Rd and Taweewong Rd were affected by the flood. It took Patong Municipaity officials more than an hour to clear dirt and debris from the roads.

In front of Patong Hospital and Patong Police Station, traffic were temporary paralyzed, with both small and large vehicles unable to pass through the area.

The Thailand Meteorological Department has forecast high air pressure from China which will blanket northern Thailand and decreasing temperatures which will cause more fog in the mornings.

From October 29 to 30 the high pressure system will move southward towards Malaysia.

These conditions are likely to cause increased rainfall in Southern Thailand, mainly along the west coast, most southern regions can expect a 60 per cent chance of rainfall, especially Phuket, Ranong and Phang Nga. Waves are expected to be up to two metres. TMD warns residents living in these provinces to be alert for any flash flood.

 

 

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Joe12 | 30 October 2016 - 17:33:23

Kurt...what on earth are you on about with your book? You might not have heard, but this is the "wet" or monsoon season, where there are heavy falls of rain. The phenomena has been around for about 15-20 million years. As a result, no amount of man-made intervention is going to prevent flooding or landslides - even Singapore to which you love to equate, suffers the same fate. 

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Sir Burr | 30 October 2016 - 08:56:16

Ahhh yes; Kurt......
Another example of stating the obvious using as many tortured sentences as possible.

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Asterix | 29 October 2016 - 15:35:57

We should be happy to have a lot of water this year and good mismanagement at local and provincial to store water in reservoirs, dams and let greedy investors to fill low lands to build housing estates or factories.

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Kurt | 29 October 2016 - 13:58:55

Hahaha, AFTER the rainfall all Phuket authorities are humping with inspections, investigations, advices and orders.
Typical how Phuket officials sit on their hands until they get wet feet. Than they must say something.
YES, just say something, not doing something!

It is great a vice governor warns residents by his officials and ask reports from residents?
Why?? The very same thing ( flooding) happens many years the same way. 
Nothing change, improve, not the authority advices, not solutions of the water problems by these authorities. Residents are fed up.
Anyway, we know now that vice governor ordered a on 24 hour alert , what ever that may be.

Does Phuket need officials/authorities? For what?
Do we laugh or cry? 
All this should have been done BEFORE the heavy rain comes in.
Dirt and debris dumped at Patong roads? ( thai mai pen rai). Yes, yes.
Not enough street cleaning/sweeping staff. 

That patong police station was 'paralyzed' is no problem.
Without flooding it is the same. 8 Years already!
Anyway they worked hard the night before to parade Bangla Road in patong for the police photo session . 
A kind of self promotion without any contents as they only act after the crime by monitoring CCTV.
Being pro active, being crime preventive? No, not on Phuket.

Phuket Airport arrival, Transport mafia from Airport, and the unhygienic environment of Patong, at land and at sea (brown Patong beach water because of 'bloom') is very bad and tourist unfriendly.

Phuket, a pearl of the Andaman sea?
Once it was, but not anymore.

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