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Phuket tsunami-evacuation drill reveals warning tower needs repairs

Phuket tsunami-evacuation drill reveals warning tower needs repairs

PHUKET: The tsunami-evacuation drill conducted in Kamala yesterday morning (Sept 9) revealed that the speakers on one of the warning towers in the beach resort town needs repairs after failing to adequately sound the alarm during the simulation exercise.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 10 September 2020, 10:31AM


At a review meeting held after the the drill, which started at 10am with the sirens sounding the alarm at four locations in Kamala, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office Chief Sophon Thongsai explained that the main purpose of the drill was to check the readiness of the warning sirens as well as the readiness of local people in responding to alarm. 

The simulation itself involved officers being notified of an 8.5-Magnitude underwater earthquake striking some 10 kilometers deep northeast of Great Nicobar Island, an island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago located some 200km west of Phuket.

Phuket Vice Governor Wongsakorn Nunchukan has praised the exercise generally as a success.

However, while V/Gov Wongsakorn noted that the warning tower behind Kamala Police Station sounded the warning loudly, he also pointed out that the speakers in the tower near Samnaksong Charoentham* were not loud and needed repair.

Mr Sopohon pointed out that the towers and their equipment had been in use “for quite some time”.

“We will inform the DDPM headquarters [in Bangkok] about the broken speakers and other equipment so they can be repaired,” he said.


V/Gov Wongsakorn said, “The overall result of the drill was good, due to the participation from teachers, students, officers and local people. They were ready and followed the plan we made very well.

“It is good that people in risk areas are aware and know what to do when a disaster happens, in order to prevent losing loved ones.”



* A samnaksong is a “probationary” Buddhist temple compound, usually of less than two rai in area. It is a place of Buddhist worship, but not a designated as a “wat”.

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Kurt | 11 September 2020 - 16:15:49

@Average Joe, have to wait for DDPM Bangkok, as DDPM Phuket is a hand sitting kindergarten. Actually they can terminate DDPM Pjuket. Is good for nothing, just a reporting body only. Weak and soft.

Average Joe | 11 September 2020 - 12:22:21

As I said the day of the drill - I live by the beach opposite Andara and we could NOT HEAR the towers. They don't work and there are not enough of them. Ridiculous to learn this now!

Kurt | 11 September 2020 - 10:14:04

Let's wait and see or DDPM Bangkok is going to check ALL the Tsunami Speakers on Phuket as all have been used 'quite some time' as a Thai Official mentioned.

Kurt | 11 September 2020 - 10:05:04

Before the drill?  Yes, of course, but not on Phuket. Incompetence, laziness, and their 'logic' are blocking doing things/keeping up with the normal technical way. How many CCTV Cams will not work on Phuket? How often are they checked/surveyed? 

Fascinated | 10 September 2020 - 10:41:08

555, Common sense would have been to test the towers BEFORE the drill. Oh hang on- I've spotted the flaw in that logic.

 

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