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Tsunami-evacuation drill in Kamala today

Tsunami-evacuation drill in Kamala today

PHUKET: The tsunami-warning sirens in Kamala will sound the alarm at 10am this morning, instead of 9am as previously organised, as the tsunami-evacuation drill in the Phuket west-coast town gets underway today (Sept 9).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 06:45AM


Officials met yesterday to finalise co-ordination details for the tsunami-evacuation drill being held in Kamala today (Sept 9). Photo: Wutthinan Nutkamheang

Officials met yesterday to finalise co-ordination details for the tsunami-evacuation drill being held in Kamala today (Sept 9). Photo: Wutthinan Nutkamheang

Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) Deputy Chief Nopporn Karuna urged people to not panic if they hear the sirens and see large groups of people moving as if they are evacuating areas near the beach.

“It’s just a simulation,” he said.

Officers met at Rajaprajanugroh 36 School, in Soi Rimhaad, Moo 3, Kamala, yesterday to coordinate the drill.

The simulation involves 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.

“The evacuation drill will start at 10am with the sirens sounding the alarm at four locations in Kamala,” Mr Nopporn explained.

"It will be busy and lots of people there. People, please do not panic or worry about it,” he said.

The tsunami-evacuation drill in Kamala today is part of a series of evacuation drills being conducted along the Andaman coast by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

Tsunami-evacuation drills are also being conducted in Trang and Satun today.

Similar tsunami-evacuation drills were held in Ranong, Phang Nga and Krabi on Aug 24-25.

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Kurt | 10 September 2020 - 00:55:37

Not 9 am, as organised, but 10 am. Hehehe. 'Time' remains a very difficult thing in Thailand.  Guess the sirenes are old and rusty, never inspected, maintained, replaced by new and more louder ones. And just 4 only?

Average Joe | 09 September 2020 - 22:04:10

I live right by the watwer - across from Andara - and we heard nothing. The sirens are not loud enough and there are not enough of them.

 

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