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More rain brings minor flooding, small earthslide in Kamala

More rain brings minor flooding, small earthslide in Kamala

PHUKET: Heavy rain brought more minor flooding to areas across Phuket last night (Oct 30), following extended downpours on Friday and Saturday.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 31 October 2022, 10:05AM


Nearly 70mm of rainfall soaked Phuket Town late last night, causing minor flooding across roads in the heart of Phuket Town, and some homes in Samkong suffering small inundation,

Concerns were raised as the water level in Bang Yai Canal reached the banks again, but the level stabilised and soon after the rains stopped fell to safe levels.

The Kamala-Patong Rd suffered yet another small landslide. Local municipality workers and disaster officials have been dispatched to clean up the earth spill onto the road. A power pole was felled by the slide. People were asked to prepare for surther power outages as repairs are carried out.

A small retaining wall in front of Wat Het Ho in Kathu collapsed after heavy rain on Saturday night. Workers have been dispatched to that area to clean up the debris and ensure the remainder of the retaining wall is safe.

Motorists have been asked to exercise caution when driving through both areas in Kamala and Kathu.

Officials have made no announcements regarding traffic still allowed over Patong Hill. At this stage the road remains open to motorbikes only.

People have been asked to to check with local police stations to confirm whether their lost licence plates have been found, including those lost at the Heroines Monument intersection

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People who believe they lost their licence plates in the floodwaters across the road in front of Blue Tree Phuket in Cherng Talaya are asked to contact the front gate at the water park entrance.

Overcast conditions and passing thunderstorms are forecast for 60% of the area today.

There are no weather warnings for the area currently in effect. Winds are calm and waves in the area are averaging one metre high, reaching more than one metre in thundershower areas, reports the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

More passing thundershowers are forecast throughout the week, easing further by Thursday and Friday but returning with greater chance of thundershowers by next weekend.

The TMD on Saturday announced that Winter has officially begun, marking the beginning of colder weather across the country, especially in the North. 

In the Andaman region, the announcement also marks the beginning of the northeast monsoon returning, bringing the usually clear end-of-year weather after the transition from the southwest monsoon has concluded.

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Pooliekev | 31 October 2022 - 21:06:00

@Fascinated. Armchair something, not quite sure what!

Kurt | 31 October 2022 - 19:21:03

Who talks about pumps in Kamala? No one. 'Pump talk' is about underpasses, with reference to that flooded underpass photo.

BobTB | 31 October 2022 - 17:20:40

I'm not sure I'd describe the flooding as "minor". Several of my wife's neighbours in Kamala had water enter their houses and her garden today is full of debris, including someone's pillow!

Fascinated | 31 October 2022 - 14:04:09

Our armchair engineer at it again- there are no pumps in Kamala. Early start today?

Kurt | 31 October 2022 - 11:02:33

Well, coming 7-8 days no 'water-relief', prepare for more. 'Small' and big. Check the underpass pumps, check on debris cleaning when possible. Disaster Prevention Dept should check stability of power poles and land slide risk areas. Lift buttocks, leave desks and start to do the preventive jobs out there!

Kurt | 31 October 2022 - 10:45:27

Waterpumps underpass not working? Blocked by debris that was not cleared during dry underpass condition? This are times the pumps must be checked daily.

 

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