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Phuket homes damaged as heavy rain causes landslip

PHUKET: Six homes located near Suan Luang Park, south of Phuket Town, suffered damage after water-soaked earth gave away under the houses yesterday afternoon (May 25).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 26 May 2016, 12:53PM

A retaining wall at the “Moo Baan Anuphas” small complex of connected homes, located on Wirat Hongyok Rd Soi 7/4, in Wichit, also suffered damage by the force of the landslide.

“Residents said the incident happened at 2:30pm after they heard a loud cracking noise coming from the roof beams at the back of their houses,” said Wichit Municipality engineer Kamron Lailerd.

“They ran out of their houses and alerted others, then the land collapsed from underneath the back of their homes,” he added.

Mr Kamron noted that all nine of the houses in the small complex had an extra room added to the back of the original structures.

“The landslip saw earth about one-metre deep give way at the back the houses. The foundations of the six houses affected and the wall behind them are slightly tilted and the roofs and floors were damaged,” he said.

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One home owner said he believed the landslip happened because the soil at the back of the homes was holding too much water because it had been raining so hard lately, Mr Kamron noted.

“It’s a good thing no one was injured from this,” he said.

“I contacted Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat and let him know of the situation,” Mr Kamron added.

“We have to thoroughly inspect the area before we can conclude what caused the land to collapse in this area. Home owners have moved their belongings away from the back of the building. We will discuss this with home owners and officials to find a solution to this problem,” he said.



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Christy Sweet | 27 May 2016 - 07:50:36

 The property's gorgeous and fragrant ylang-ylang tree splintered and half of it came down. I need a chain saw and/or an arborist, neither of which appear to exist in Phuket. Anyone?

Kurt | 26 May 2016 - 14:04:52

Photos not show the normal blue pipe water release holes in the walls.
Holes to prevent 'pressure-up building' to contribute to such a collapse.

A extra room added to the back of original structure of houses? So, and what ?
Was it approved by authorities?
It comes over as a sneaky remark to avoid responsibilities as being a authority in charge.
( I didn't know about that illegal...

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