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Floods made Phuket's main highway impassable for saloon cars  today

UPDATE Flooding Severs Phuket's Main Road: Airport Routes Warning Lifted

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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THE DDPM said at 12.10pm that smaller saloon cars could now cope with flooding in Phuket's Thepkasattri Road after a surprise rise in water levels from 10.30am forced them to suggest alternative routes.

Original Report

PHUKET: Authorities warned today that Phuket's main road had become impassable because of flooding, with diversions suggested for travellers going to and from Phuket International Airport.

Saloon cars could not make it through along Thepkasattri Road in Thalang district, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation warned in social networks.

A sudden inflow of water from surrounding hills had made the holiday island's main route impassable with travellers to the the airport advised to detour right through the Pak Lok loop road.

Travellers coming from Phuket International Airport were being advised to turn right into Don Chom Tao Road, then return to Phuket City through Surin, Kamala and Patong.

Forecasters predict more rain.

Scortes of families unable to access their homes in Nai Yang, south of the airport, because of flooding were being helped today by Royal Thai Navy personnel and Marine Police providing dinghy services as rain continued to fall.

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The rains come every year.

The flooding happens every year.

Authorities react only AFTER it floods, every year.

Everyone knows which places are prone to flooding and why this happens.

All the answers to find a solution are right there. For some incomprehensible reason instead of getting better, every year, it keeps getting worse.

Posted by Herbert on August 12, 2015 12:38

Editor Comment:

Well, the volume of rain certainly has something to do with it, Herbert. More rain, more land under water. But we get your point.

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I know you do but who would come and wave his magic wand to make the authorities get it ?

Planning ahead is not the strength of local authorities.

Posted by Herbert on August 12, 2015 16:31


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