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Wall collapse closes Phuket road

PHUKET: One lane of Thung Kha Rd in Rassada remains closed today (July 12) following the collapse of a retaining wall yesterday (July 11) which is believed to have been caused by recent heavy rain.


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Tuesday 12 July 2016, 12:19PM

It is believed that recent heavy rain caused the retaining wall to collapse. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
It is believed that recent heavy rain caused the retaining wall to collapse. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The wall is the property of property development company Pruksa Ville who recently purchased the adjoining land for a new development project.

Phuket Public Relations Department were informed of the collapse at 6pm yesterday and immediately sent out telecommunications official Preedee Aengsang to inspect the site which is close to the entrance to Si Suchat Grand View 2.

Mr Preedee was joined on the inspection by officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Rassada Municipality.

Speaking to The Phuket News today, Mr Preedee said, “After inspecting the site yesterday, we installed lighting and cones to the area where the wall has collapsed to make it safe for motorists.


A contractor appointed by Pruksa Ville has been working to remove the damaged wall today,” he said.

A representative from Pruksa Ville who declined to be named added, “We only brought this plot of land in June and no work has started on the project yet.

We found out yesterday that recent heavy rain caused the retaining wall to collapse so we appointed a company to come out today to remove the wall using backhoes, the removal of the wall will be finished by tomorrow,” he said.



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Hotgem | 12 July 2016 - 18:08:25

I'm not sure the rain caused the problem, it surly could have been the brakes!LOL

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Ed Sanders | 12 July 2016 - 15:34:56

Correct statement below... the recent rains have not been THAT intense, but the number of walls being built with little to no engineering or adherence to design and construction standards is happening all the time. This was not a "real" retaining wall, and the failure of it shows just what happens when you place a regular wall in an area needing a REAL retaining wall.  I would expect that as time progresses, we will see many more so-called "retaining walls" fail, and likely cause loss of life as they have already done.  A good one to keep your eyes on is the ridiculous sheer walls placed along an extremely steep slope near the corny-named "Emerald Nirvana" project between Kamala and Kalim. There is no way that this project would ever be approved in accordance with existing laws...

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Kurt | 12 July 2016 - 15:25:05

Great Photo!
It shows that the officials of Disaster prevention didn't have to go for a look. 
It was not their job anyway. ( afterward)
There was nothing to prevent, right?
Talking about that, did the officials of disaster prevention department checking there when the wall was build?
Everything happens to be done with license, certification, right? And there will be paid for.

Great that a official of the telecommunications went there to have a look. 
Much of telecommunication to do there, right?
.Seems,... They all were just looking. Lovely passive.
Now authorities who allowed that wall building keep quiet like a mouse and hope not to be blamed.

Indeed, who was in charge of that wall building? Telecommunications Phuket?

( I am not insulting thai people and criticing thai culture with my comment)

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Whos in Charge | 12 July 2016 - 15:06:37

Rain didn't cause the damage but improper design or construction caused the retaining wall to fail. Thank goodness that no-one was passing at the time. 

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