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Phuket hit by widespread flooding, landslips

Phuket hit by widespread flooding, landslips

PHUKET: Continual heavy rain overnight has left many areas across Phuket flooded, with major roads affected, streets cut off in individual areas and in Phuket Town and a major landslip bringing earth across a main road in Kamala.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 16 October 2022, 10:45AM

Rescue services have been dispatched to render assistance to people whose homes have been affected.

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew this morning (Oct 16) has already inspected many areas in person.

“All parties are helping each other. In subdistricts that have been flooded, all local administrative organizations are to help people who have been affected,” Governor Narong said.

Police are on site at many locations on main roads to direct traffic where floodwaters are impeding traffic flow, such as Phra Baramee Rd leading over Patong Hill and at several locations on Thepkrasattri Rd.

Many streets in Patong have been affected by flooding, including Bangla Rd.

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A landslip on the road into Patong and a larger landslip on the coastal road from Patong to Kamala have impeded traffic. No people were reported injured in the landslides.

Motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution.

Udomphon Kan, Chief of the Phuket Provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said the most heavily affected areas are Thepkasattri, Srisoonthorn, Patong, Kamala, Cherng Talay and Pa Khlok

“Some places the water is knee height. Some places are waist height,” he said.

Where need power supply has been shut off so that emergency work can be carried out in cleanup operations and making repairs to felled power poles, he said.

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cheez | 19 October 2022 - 13:36:40

@ Xcell - excellent spot-on comment.  @  Capricorn all - "shave the hillsides and pave the valley floors" - excellent spot-on comment.  @ Christy sweet - excellent spot-on comment.  But, are the powers-to-be listening?????

christysweet | 17 October 2022 - 10:44:56

As the polar ice sheets melt, rains will only increase in intensity. Yet the paving over of flood plains continues. That makes Phuket a  bad investment. Rein in the development  now  or suffer the dire consequences  in the not too distant future- lot more rain coming tomorrow. 

Fascinated | 17 October 2022 - 09:26:54

Prab clearly didn't stick his head out the window and see the intensity of the rain around 5am. There were 800l eskies and a freezer floating down the main drag in Kamala. ANY infrastructure would have struggled with the  volume of water. I have not seen this volume of rain in 24hrs in the 20 years I have been here. This one was NOT down to over-development. Some doth protest too much.

Kurt | 17 October 2022 - 07:10:38

@ another overseas scot, I agree that implementing a sufficient rain water management system ( and maintaining it!) costs money.
But how much cost is not having it presently?Tourism flows disrupted. Damage to shops, houses, no shopping people, health/skin diseases due to polluted water, etc, etc.

Capricornball | 16 October 2022 - 22:13:26

This is what happens when you shave the hillsides and pave the valley floors. It is the lack of urban planning combined with greed and corruption. Rampant development has far exceeded the infrastructure needed to accommodate it (drainage, sewage, etc.). Developers don't want to pay for public facilities, and corrupt building officials gladly take the payola to slide on those requirements.

H2538 | 16 October 2022 - 21:58:02

There is often talk and reports about "sustainable" living in Thailand and in that sense no one should say that the annual floods here are not sustainable.

DeKaaskopp | 16 October 2022 - 17:50:37

Wondering how a certain- obviously- uneducated person can even manage his own hotel. And it brings up another question. Why someone chooses to live in a jungle if he doesn't like it ?

xcell | 16 October 2022 - 17:28:23

concrete everywhere built over the years leaves the rain no where to go

Pascale | 16 October 2022 - 16:36:52

@Prab   Do island's not get flooded in other countries too ? Not sure why it is so hard to imagine for you.   Lack of knowledge in general ?

another overseas scot | 16 October 2022 - 15:14:48

Prab below is clearly out of his depth! On an island where you have hills & flat land you are bound to have flooding unless there are huge drains costing very serious money & permanent disruption/ displacement of many people. There are still big floods in Hong Kong. Singapore has less flooding but they have no hills & the ability to permanently displace people at will to build drainage...

Kurt | 16 October 2022 - 12:54:01

Pity for the many thousands of domestic tourists who choose to fly/drive to Phuket for a long 4 day holiday. Probably 1 more such long water holiday coming next week. Bring a canoe on the roof of the car for visiting Patong centre.  :-)

Prab | 16 October 2022 - 11:29:35

it is hard to imagine why an island get flooded after only 1 night of rain... everything in this jungle is so perfect...really  i cannot think of a reason why.. Narong little man too little too late 


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