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Residents evacuated from landslide site, as floods grip Phuket

Residents evacuated from landslide site, as floods grip Phuket

PHUKET: Residents have been evacuated from their homes from beneath a landslide site in Kamala for fear that that they may be crushed if the heavy rains today (Sept 15) cause another landslip.


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 15 September 2017, 01:13PM


Prapan Kanprasang, Chief of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), confirmed to The Phuket News that 12 homes were evacuated.

“Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiyawong arranged for them to be moved to safety. We have received no reports of injuries from the landslide,” Mr Prapan said.

The landslide occurred at a villa construction site at 8:45am. Several of the two-story buildings under construction partially collapsed when the earth beneath them slid down the hillside after a retaining wall below gave way.

“Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong this morning urged us to take action in response to floods and landslides because the heavy downpours across Phuket. We are monitoring the situation and working with local DDPM units across the island,” he said.

Pa Khlok has also been heavily affected, Mr Prapan noted.

“We have dispatched three flat-bottomed boats for officers to provide assistance to residents there,” he said.

Phuket Highways Chief Papiwetwoottisak Sookkii confirmed to The Phuket News that traffic has been heavily affected island-wide.

ZENITHY POOL VILLAS

“We are keeping a close eye on the flooding. So far none of the underpasses have been closed. They all remain open, but traffic is moving slowly,” he said.

“Please be careful driving on the roads today,” he added.

Meanwhile, Patong Police and Patong Municipality workers have cleared away debris from a landslip on the road to Kamala just north of the Kalim Intersection and the northern end of Patong Beach.

“The landslip occurred at 10:50am, blocking traffic from passing through the area,” one officer explained to The Phuket News.

“We have cleared all the dirt from the road and traffic is now moving freely,” he added.

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot

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Pauly44 | 15 September 2017 - 19:50:19

Two words in reply, Greed & Stupidity.

Kurt | 15 September 2017 - 18:18:16

A man made landslide, with the help of a bit rain.
Previous there were trees and greenery on that hill, which kept the hill land solid in position.
Cut the trees and bushes, and you invite the rain to let the land slide.
Why are Government officials still giving building permits for such locations?
Preserve nature, and keep Phuket safe for the people living on lower grounds.
Who now want to l...

 

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