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Floods batter northern Phuket

PHUKET: Disaster officials were deployed across northern Phuket this morning (Sept 2) as large areas of Thalang became swamped after hours of heavy downpours saw more than 210mm of rainfall recorded at Phuket International Airport.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 2 September 2022, 12:24PM


Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew inspected heavily affected areas from 9am.

Officials needed to use boats to navigate flooded streets, cars were left standing in roof-high water and local residents were forced to seek safety on higher ground.

Flood waters are now receding, confirmed Udonporn Kan, chief of the Phuket Provincial Office of the Department of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket).

DDPM officers are using pumps to help alleviate flooding in hard-hit areas, he said.

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Areas affected included Muang Mai, Nai Yang, Mai Khao and Sakhu, where Phuket airport is located.

Operators of Phuket airport, AoT Phuket, have asked travellers to allow three to four hours journey time to the airport to make sure they arrive in time for their flights.

Passengers with queries about flight operations were advised to call AoT Phuket at 076-351111.

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Phuketski | 03 September 2022 - 12:09:16

And this only 4 days after the reporting about the flooding prevention plans ;) 

maverick | 03 September 2022 - 07:32:48

Proper drainage is lacking - a trip to Singapore would guide them on how and where to build proper storm drains - a lack of planning and qualified engineers on planning teams is lacking sadly 

christysweet | 02 September 2022 - 20:50:24

As the last of Bang- Tao's naturual flood plain gets condo'd over- a hundred units of  half finished shells already.  Will be nice public housing for climate refugees  one day soon.  

Kurt | 02 September 2022 - 15:11:57

Such a flooding? On a island, so close to the sea? Partly it can be blamed by the greedy over-concreting of that area. Changing nature into concrete without large flow-off canals is asking for what you see on Governors photos. That area will be flooded again if the 'thinking' sticks to just make 'drains' only. Did travelers for Phuket airport needed boats to reach departure hall?

Prab | 02 September 2022 - 14:54:36

here we are..let hope the Expo will be on dry season only...lol

 

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