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Patong Mayor holds emergency meeting over floods, landslides

PHUKET: The Mayor of Patong today held an emergency meeting with relevant local government officials over yesterday’s flooding and landslides in Patong and Kamala.

By Chutharat Plerin

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 06:37PM

Landslides occurred in parts of Kamala and Patong yesterday as a result of the heavy downpours. Photo: Patong Municiplity

Landslides occurred in parts of Kamala and Patong yesterday as a result of the heavy downpours. Photo: Patong Municiplity

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup told The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister paper Khao Phuket this morning (Oct 3) that an emergency meeting had been held between Patong Municipality and relevant departments aimed at finding solutions to incidents that occurred as a result of heavy downpours yesterday (Oct 2) including ways of fixing the damaged bridge on the Patong-Kamala road.

We have continued to allow cars and motorbikes to pass through the bridge. However, at today’s meeting we are trying to find a conclusion to the problem of how to make this most safe for motorists,Mayor Chalermluck said.

We know that the structure of the bridge is still strong and can be used as usual, but now we need to urgently find the best way to fix the damage, a way which will least affect motorists using this route,” she added.



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Christy Sweet | 05 October 2018 - 08:30:27

On Monday I made a signed complaint to the Cherng Telay Or Bor Tor about new encroachment  into Sirinat Nat'l Park   No one has followed up  on this.   

Kurt | 04 October 2018 - 09:54:03

Landslides are not result of heavy downpour. It happens during downpour, but are result of hills can't hold soul and rocks due to lack of vegetation. That should be discussed during 'emergency meetings'. Forbid constructions/building on hills. For society sake, owning land doesn't mean you can do with it what you want if inhabitance safety and nature preservation is at stake.

Discover Thainess | 03 October 2018 - 22:41:22

I can imagine the minutes of the meeting: 

“1. This damage has been caused by unchecked and unplanned development, ripping up trees that hold the hills together and both encroaching on, and covering, the channels to carry water away. What shall we do?

2. Let’s issue a press release saying we have had an emergency meeting”

Problem solved - phuket style !

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