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Heavy rains cause neighbourhood landslide

Heavy rains cause neighbourhood landslide

PHUKET:  Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has ordered officials to seal off the area where a small landslide occurred beside a luxury home in Rassada yesterday (Oct 13), and take whatever action necessary to ensure a further landslide does not occur at the same site, threatening residents living below.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 09:40AM

Sophon Thongsai, chief of the Phuket Provincial office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), said Rassada Municipality informed his office of the landslide at about 1:30pm.

The landslide occurred at a plot along Soi Yaruen Uthit, in Rommai Chailay Village, where a large house had been built.

The luxury home belonged to a businessman who bought it for a vacation rental and stayed at the house only from time to time, Mr Sophon said.

No one was at home at the time the landslide happened, and no people were injured in the incident, he added.

The luxury home also appeared to not have suffered any damage.

A retaining wall had been built at the site to prevent a landslide, Mr Sophon noted, but the wall was not strong enough and collapsed, allowing the landslide to happen.

Thai Residential

Rassada Municipality, DDPM Phuket officers and the owner of the plot below the landslides inspect the damage area

Governor Narong and Muang District Chief Vikrom Jakthee arrived to inspect the site at about 2pm.

The Governor ordered Rassada Municipality and relevant agencies, including the DDPM, to seal off the area for safety and to take whatever action was necessary to ensure no further landslide would occur.

They were also to inspect the home for structural integrity to ensure it will not collapse, and if necessary temporarily relocate nearby residents who may be in danger if another landslide occurs.

Officers have yet to estimate the value of the damage done and the cost of any works to be carried out.

“In this incident, it was lucky that no one was injured or killed,” Governor Narong said.

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Kurt | 14 October 2020 - 20:34:27

It is clear that the retaining wall has not been designed and constructed the way it should have been. But we should not blame the blue collar workers. The blame lays fully with the designer/'architect'/constructor of this wall.

Fascinated | 14 October 2020 - 19:02:36

Is it really the job of the Governor to visit the site of a landslide affecting a 'prominent' person? I be he wasn't at Patong Hill the other day. Surely he has more important things to deal with?

LALALA | 14 October 2020 - 16:06:27

no wonder... the retaining wall was from brick maybe 24cm thick as it can be seen on the photograph, maybe 4  meter high, for this kind of work you need a reinforced concrete retaining wall d=20-25cm and vertical earth anchoring, but hey its LOS so what you expect, every guy with two left hands in Europe has more skills than a 'qualified' Thai engineer.


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