However, another part of the problem was that the drainage pipes had not been properly connected.
Mayor Chalermluck Kepsap led a team to investigate Patong’s drainage problems at the Omsin (GSB) Junction on Phrameita Rd on Thursday (July14) after residents complained of foul smells and water being trapped in the area.
Using a backhoe, the drains were dug and various items including an old tyre, electrical wires, plastic and water bottles were found to be clogging the pipes.
Mayor Chalermluk told The Phuket News yesterday (July 15), “We had to open the drainpipe to see why the rain water would not drain on Phrameita Rd. It turned out that the problem was not the old pipe, but was that a lot of rubbish had entered the drainage system.
“However, adding to that, we also found that the Rural Road Department had not been connected the pipes properly so the rain water could not drain,” she said.
“Workers have connected the pipes correctly so now the water should drain away as it is supposed to.
“However, residents in Patong should also discard of the rubbish correctly and not dump it in the canal,” she added.