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More rain forecast as waves swamp coastal roads

More rain forecast as waves swamp coastal roads

PHUKET: Traffic police are urging motorists to drive with caution, especially on coastal roads along beachfronts after two roads were swamped by large waves pushing debris across the road surface yesterday (July 3).

By The Phuket News

Monday 4 July 2022, 09:46AM

Officers were called to the beachfront road in Kalim, north of Patong, to clear the road of excess water and debris after large waves battered the shore there.

At the northern end of the island, officers were called to clear excess water and debris from the northbound section of Thepkrasattri Rd passing along the Sai Kaew beachfront just before the bridge heading off-island.

The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) this morning re-issued its weather warning for  strong wind-waves in the upper Andaman Sea, with waves averaging two to three metres in height, reaching up to three metres in thundershower areas.

All ships should proceed with caution and keep clear thundershowers, the warning noted.

“Small boats in the upper Andaman Sea should keep ashore until July 6,” the warning added.

Previous weather advisories issued over the weekend warned of heavy downpours across the Gulf of Thailand and across the Eastern, Northeastern and even Northern regions of Thailand, attributed to fallout from Typhoon Chaba, which has lashed the coast of Southern China.

People were warned to beware thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy to very heavy rain and accumulated rain which may cause flash floods.

Phuket Marine Chief Nachaphong Pranit has issued his own advisory, ordering all small boats to stay ashore and all larger vessels to heed weather warnings and ensure all safety equipment on board is in working order.

Chief Administrative Officer of the Phuket Provincial Office (Palad) Somprat Prabsongkhram late yesterday issued an order for all disaster officials on the island to monitor the situation in their respective areas and be on alert to take action where necessary.

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Pooliekev | 05 July 2022 - 13:48:10

@Timothy. Nothing to do with a brackish and shallow water table then? 

Kurt | 05 July 2022 - 13:35:40

Timothy, a few of us suggested in 2020, when we noticed reservoirs bottoms, to enlarge/deepening them. Not done. Is because long time no tourists  and  many tourist workers ( left for home towns)on Phuket we have enough water, so officialdom relax and do nothing. Not anticipate/imagine normal tourist flow, all tourist employees returning in numbers during a next El Nino/Nina year.

Timothy | 05 July 2022 - 10:54:34

There is no reason why Phuket should ever have water shortages with the amount of rainfall is gets. The only reason for water shortages is poor planning and lack of foresight. The reservoirs should have been made deeper when they were dry, and more should have been built. But, its' raining now, why worry! Idiots.  


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