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Prepare for tsunami evacuation drill, says Phuket disaster chief

Prepare for tsunami evacuation drill, says Phuket disaster chief

PHUKET: Local government agencies and residents have been asked to prepare for tsunami evacuation drills to be held across the island on Wednesday (July 20), with all 19 tsunami-warning towers sounding the warning in five languages.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 18 July 2022, 05:42PM


DDPM-Phuket Chief Udomporn Kan. Photo: Radio Thailand Phuket

DDPM-Phuket Chief Udomporn Kan. Photo: Radio Thailand Phuket

The sirens will sound two different warnings, Udomporn Kan, Chief of the Phuket Provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), said during a radio broadcast today (July 18).

The first warning will be an alert informing people of an inbound tsunami. The second warning will instruct people to make their way to the nearest safe evacuation zone.

According to a report of the broadcast by Radio Thailand Phuket, Mr Udomporn did not confirm at what time the towers will sound the warnings.

However, it was repeated in the report that the warnings will be In five languages: Thai, English, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

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Officials in all three districts had been instructed to ensure that all safe evacuation points were ready for the exercise. “There are more than 200 locations,” he said.

The exercise will simulate a 7.8 Magnitude earthquake under the sea, triggering a tsunami, he said.

“The provincial incident command centre will inform the district incident command centre, and the district centre will notify the emergency operations center at local government organisations [municipalities] in the area to conduct evacuation drills,” Mr Udomporn said.

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Kurt | 19 July 2022 - 10:48:45

@Maverick, the present Tsunami buoys situation occured already long time before the monsoon started medio May, during calm sea conditions. If the 'wide network' can handle Tsunami warnings than skip the Thai participation  as it gives a false feeling of trust and is only serving fake 'Thai face'.

maverick | 19 July 2022 - 07:03:15

@kurt this decision is driven by weather conditions in the Andaman and these buoys are only part of a wide network of warning systems in place raising awareness is of far greater importance the lack of which cost many lives in 2004 

Kurt | 18 July 2022 - 18:09:16

Why not prepare/repositioning immidiately NOW 2 Thai Tsunami buoys? It all starts there. Drill show like now organized can not be taken serious when Thai Government ignores/not comply with Tsunami buoys responsiblility by silly scheduling talks to go for working/repositioning her 2 buoys in November! So bureaucratic Thai! Poor Thai people and tourists to get fooled in safety feeling.

 

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