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Experts install safety monitors on Patong Hill

Experts install safety monitors on Patong Hill

PHUKET: Expert geologists have installed devices to monitor the water content of the soil at the landslide site on Patong Hill so that officials can close the road and give advance warning of any impending landslide at the site.

By The Phuket News

Friday 28 October 2022, 01:38PM

Assoc Prof Dr Aphinit Chotisangkat from the Department of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, at Kasetsart University  and his team inspected the site yesterday to study the geographic safety of the area.

The team installed devices to monitor the “safety aspects of the soil”, such as soil pressure, soil strength and the percentage volume of groundwater at depths of three metres and six metres, explained a report by the Phuket office of the Public relations Department (PR Phuket).

The system installed will alert relevant officers of any measurements exceeding safety limits, teh report assured.

Exactly who will be informed directly by the system was not explained.

The system aims “to use as information for the relevant part in managing the risks of using the area in order to not cause the greatest harm to the people”, the report said.

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Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawarangkul was present at the site yesterday to oversee the installation of the devices and inspect other measures taken to improve safety for people crossing the hill.

Sandbags have been placed to guide any rain runoff away from the exposed soil on the side of the road where the landslide occurred Wednesday last week (Oct 19).

Barriers have also been installed to separate traffic flow as motorbike riders make their way up and down the hill past the landslide site.

The road past the landslide site remains open to motorbikes and pedestrians only. Cars and larger vehicles are still banned from crossing the hill.

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cheez | 30 October 2022 - 09:29:52

a agogohome... All of us ought to shout out what you are saying!!!   In this case spectacular insight is not necessary to see see 'eye to eye'.... just normal vision would suffice!

cheez | 30 October 2022 - 09:23:28

@ agogohome ....   And so say all? of us!  ....  on their plan for after the fact.  Writing this on a Sunday.... Let us pray....

Uncle | 30 October 2022 - 02:45:22

Please all - TIT !
What more does anyone of you ardent moaning, groaning ones have to do - obviously with nothing else to do but write incomprehensible, totally off the subject inputs"- It is time for many of you permanent contributors simply to - shut down your computers - to enable some sensible communication on this page !

agogohome | 28 October 2022 - 18:05:01

Stupidity beyond belief, allowing anyone to use this road in its current state!

tamvong | 28 October 2022 - 15:25:35

As reliable as the tsunami monitors?

Kurt | 28 October 2022 - 15:18:57

What skills/experience  has District Chief Siwat to oversee/inspect the high professional civil-, geotechnical engineering works? ( Laugh)

Kurt | 28 October 2022 - 15:11:45

"Exactly who Thai will be informed directly by the system was not explained". Of course not!  Thai way to avoid the catch that someone would be clearly pointed responsible if the installation fails.


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