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Kamala holds tsunami evacuation drill

PHUKET: Hundreds of students, local officials and members of the public joined a tsunami evacuation drill held at Kamala yesterday (Aug 24).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 25 August 2022, 11:01AM

The exercise began with a ‘table-top’ exercise in the morning so that emergency responders and disaster officials could co-ordinate their response, explained Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawangkul, who presided over the opening ceremony of the event.

At 1pm, a tsunami warning sounded and the participants made their way from the “100th Anniversary Memorial Public Park”, known to everyone else as Tsunami Memorial Park, at the southern end of the beach to the to the shelter set up at Kamala Subdistrict Administrative Organization (OrBorTor) about 1.4kilometres away.

Many of those who took part, including officials, actually ran the course, leaving many exhausted on arriving at the shelter.

However, the exercise did not account for any people who may be on the northern end of the beach fleeing a tsunami.

The northern end has a wall 440 metres long along the beachfront marking the boundary of the Kamala Muslim Cemetery, forcing people fleeing a tsunami to run along the beach before making any distance away from the danger.

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Some of the participants played the role of people injured in the simulated disaster, with emergency responders providing medical attention. 

Mr Suwit thanked all agencies and parties involved in taking part, and announced that the goal of the exercise had been achieved.

“This is to build confidence among residents and tourists, for people to feel safe and not panic, and survive if a tsunami strikes again,” he said.

The number of tourists returning to the area had increased to about 60% of pre-COVD levels, Mr Suwit noted.

“Another evacuation drill may be held later at night once more hotels re-open and more tourists are staying in the area,” he added.

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Kurt | 25 August 2022 - 19:18:21

Seems, reading comments, that Kamala's tsunamy safety is a farce. Just a bit Thai opera propaganda doings with running, and a few ambulances with flashing lights. Just throwing sand in the eyes of simple people, giving a fake feeling of safety. Pathetic.

Old guy | 25 August 2022 - 13:45:51

How can people feel safe when the Andaman early warning alarms don't work and beach alarms can't be heard.  The real question should be: WHY WON'T SOMETHING ACTUALLY BE DONE. 

Old guy | 25 August 2022 - 13:40:15

I live 1 kilometer from FantaSea and heard no warnings or alarms. I guess the authorities must think a tsunami poses no threat to those not actually on the beach. 

Kamala Pete | 25 August 2022 - 13:12:42

From where we live in Kamala the warning siren cannot be heard - especially if there is traffic noise. Could the Or Bor Tor's speaker network be added to the warning system to improve effectiveness?


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