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Monsoon storms overnight left parts of Phuket flooded today

Monsoon Floods Douse Phuket: Small Boats Warned Not to Venture Out

Monday, November 3, 2014
PHUKET: Traffic snarled around the Central Festival underpass in Phuket City today after a monsoon deluge flooded several parts of the holiday island.

Old favorites were especially affected - some roads in Patong, where construction has blocked or diverted canals and drains, and Chao Fa Road in Rawai were becoming passable again by mid-morning.

Phuket's weather forecasters warned that storms were still a danger at sea. Tourist speedboats and small craft were advised not to leave shore today, the meteorologists suggested.

The advice that tourists were safer on shore was repeated by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, where new Phuket chief Sanyatawat Riwleuang warned of more monsoon storms to come.

He said four areas were badly affected today by overnight floods: Wat Tai Intersection, Nabon Road, near Wat Tai, in Chao Fa West, the TOT Chalong branch in Chao Fa East,
and the Patong area around Nanai Soi 8.

The weather is tipped to improve tomorrow, after rain tonight.

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The wife had a two hour round trip from Ao Makham to Chalong, a journey that can usually done in 50 minutes, 1.35 to get there, 25 minutes back. Choa Fah West still a problem at time of writing 11.15.

Posted by phuket madness on November 3, 2014 11:15

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Small boats warned only? Phuket weather forcasters warned that storms are still a danger at sea. I thought by now the respective in charge departments do forbid small boats to sail with tourists. Am I wrong?

Posted by Kurt on November 3, 2014 11:29

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"I thought by now the respective in charge departments do forbid small boats to sail with tourists. Am I wrong?"

That was last month.

Posted by phonus on November 3, 2014 13:05

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No pompem. Plenty of small boat traffic needed onshore. Longtail boats competing with tuk-tuks.

Posted by Herbert on November 3, 2014 13:52

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We have hundreds of gallons of life-giving water descending from the skies yet what are the odds that 'Phuket Suffers Severe Water Shortage' won't be newspaper headlines next dry season?

Posted by Sam Wilko on November 3, 2014 16:29

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I think there should be huge LED signs at each dock where tourists leave from, which is then controlled by the government that tells tourists about the safety.
So if a storm like this happens, it can tell the boat captains and the tourists that its unsafe to go out.
Then if they do go out, the captains can be prosecuted. Loads of boats leaving RPM constantly when the storms hit.

Posted by Tbs on November 3, 2014 16:32


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